Access to China opens in Design District 4/9/11

International Chinese Fine Arts Council presents “Access to China”
Buena Vista Building Space 120
180 NE 39th Street
Miami Design District, 33137

Miami Design District celebrates Asian Pacific Awareness Month
“The Feminine Flair” by ART LEXING
“Emerging Art on Paper” curated by Inez Suen
Chinese Iconography on Porcelain from the Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tse Collection

Opening to public – Saturday, April 9, 2011 and will be on view until May 28, 2011
2nd Saturday Art Walk: Saturday, April 9, 2011
2nd Saturday Art Walk: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Tea Tuesday: Tuesdays, April 12, 26 and May 3, 2011
Lectures TBD: Thursdays, April 21 and May 19, 2011
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 28, 2011

Please call to make an appointment
Lexing Zhang: 305.299.9732
Inez Suen 305.439.6787

An entire country of treasures awaits collectors during Asian Pacific Awareness heritage month in the Miami Design District. As an active advocate of Asian art and culture, ICFAC and ART LEXING will present a highly curated set of Asian art shows and cultural programs this April and May featuring the finest paintings, sculptures and ceramics to suit every taste. Visit our show room in the Buena Vista building to unlock the richness and diversity of these categories and discover the art of China, up close and personal.

“Access to China” is a three-part exhibition sponsored by the International Chinese Fine Arts Council and Miami Design District showcasing distinctly diverse selection of Chinese art. “The Feminine Flair” by ART LEXING presents a dialog between two acclaimed Chinese artists: Ye Hongxing and Wang Xiaojin. “Emerging Art on Paper” curated by Inez Suen will show four recent graduates from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Chinese Iconography on Porcelain from the Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tse Collection is an educational exhibiting targeted at informing the public of various iconographic motifs on Chinese porcelain.

“The Feminine Flair” by ART LEXING
Ye Hongxing employs traditional Chinese motifs and modern elements in her Fusion series. She expresses a unique vision by combining the traditionally Western medium of oil paint together with Chinese porcelain decorative patterns. Her paintings are very alluring self-portraits in which her face, with eyes-closed, appears behind bright winding floral patterns. Composed of shades of grey, her facial expression is of particular significance. As the artist is very concerned with the juxta position of “peace and luxury”, one can detect a tranquil or almost mundane emotion in her gaze. In contrast to using somber tones, the vibrant colors and exquisite composition of flowers and vines elicit the feeling of luxury. Consequently, her work seems to embrace a duality of notions: realism and visionary.

Unlike many contemporary Chinese artists who are attracted by all things modern, Wang Xiaojin is a modernist driven and inspired by the distant past, particularly its women and artistry. Critics claimed that Wang Xiaojin’s artworks have best captured the mood of a bygone era that was altogether most refined and conservative and a time when being “feminine” typified a woman’s existence. Possessing a neoclassical position within contemporary Chinese artists, Wang Xiaojin crosses chronological boundaries in his work, challenging us to see the new in the old…and the old in the new.

“Emerging art on Paper” curated by Inez Suen
China’s art market, which has spread the idea of art as a strong social force within Chinese culture, has cultivated vast exposure for younger Chinese visual artists in the east through curators based outside the country. Fresh out of the China Academy of Art, these Western-influenced artists who have also trained within the Eastern Chinese tradition have given the Chinese art market a modern sensibility and expression primed for the international stage. This exhibition pries open the minds of young Chinese artists. These are artists who grew up in the new China, the post Tiananmen Square government that slowly recognized that stagnation equaled death. These artists’ works reflect the evolving sense of individuality and personal identity formulated because of, or in spite of, a culture that still remains quintessentially Chinese.

Chinese Iconography on Porcelain is an ICFAC sponsored exhibition targeted at educating the general public on the symbols and motif that are commonly found in Chinese art. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Tse are avid collectors of Chinese porcelain and have generously donated a portion of their collection to this exciting event. All the porcelain in this show will be on silent auction until May 28, 2011, where the bidding will close and the highest bidder will go home with their precious ceramics.