COMMISSIONED BY SHERMAN CONTEMPORARY ART FOUNDATION, 2009. PHOTO: PAUL GREEN – TAASA Review December 2011
Echoes of China: From Behind the Bamboo Curtain Three Contemporary Chinese Artists (1991) and Orient-ations: The Emperor’s New Clothes (1992) curated by Claire Roberts, then Curator of Asian Decorative Arts at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.
There were works by Guan Wei, Ah Xian, Liu Xiao Xian (the three artists in the 1991 show), Shen Shao Min (now amongst Asia’s art stars), Tang Song and Xiao Lu (fresh from their 1989 pistol-shot performance at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing and their subsequent flight from China), Ren Hua and Jia Yong. The pace rapidly quickened.
Around 22 shows per year in two distinct spaces in Paddington allowed the renamed Sherman Galleries to accommodate artists who stand today amongst the most potent and successful international artists of our time...