超牛b的余震 - Aftershock in Guangzhou

ex-Feng37 has been burning a posting storm through Canton recently, and I suspect he’s moved out of Fangcun and found a better stash of special-K from a higher class of Chaozhou motorbike taxi and is going all fickin’ 牛!! over Aftershock – Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, and that the British Council even slapped together a sina blog for the exhibition in Chinese.

Mislinked by 在桥下流 (that reminds me of the scent of piss flowing under the stinking haizhu bridge), this tranny rockstar space (yeah I try, but more like a tranny windowlicker lounge) is overjoyed that Guangzhou has put on such a show for me first with the documentary film festival, and now with a couple of my favourite artists all hanging out along the 珠江. I’m quite upset I’m in the wrong hemisphere though.

Pretty much every Young British Artist who has gilded the pockets of dealers and collectors over the past 15 years gets a look in, but who cares, most of them are conceptually vacuous crap with no sense of humour unless it’s irony. What I care about is Tracey Emin, as in love, sex, death … rape, abortion, drunkenness, sexual intimidation and violence, and Jake and Dinos Chapman whom I have wanted to screw (either one) ever since Zygotic acceleration, Biogenetic de-sublimated libidinal model.

Spanning the years 1990-2006, Aftershock will tell the story of how Britain experienced a revolution in contemporary art. During this period art became a hotly debated topic in the media as young artists injected glamour into the British art world; the art market flourished and audiences for contemporary exhibitions multiplied, culminating in the phenomenal success of Tate Modern, London’s first museum of international modern art which opened in 2000.

— British Council – Aftershock

Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006

Jake & Dinos Chapman; Tracey Emin; Douglas Gordon; Mona Hatoum; Damien Hirst; Gary Hume; Sarah Lucas; Marc Quinn; Sam Taylor-Wood; Mark Wallinger; Gillian Wearing

GUANGDONG MUSEUM OF ART, GUANGZHOU, 15 Dec 2006 – 4 Feb 2007

CAPITAL MUSEUM, BEIJING, 8 March – 6 May 2007

Aftershock is a new exhibition of contemporary British art selected specially for China which, the British Council is going to present in Guangzhou and Beijing. It will provide audiences with the first opportunity to see major works by 12 of the most significant artists of the generation which came to prominence during the early-mid 1990s, a period which saw British art re-emerge as a dominant force on the world stage.

Spanning the years 1990-2006, Aftershock will tell the story of how Britain experienced a revolution in contemporary art. During this period art became a hotly debated topic in the media as young artists injected glamour into the British art world; the art market flourished and audiences for contemporary exhibitions multiplied, culminating in the phenomenal success of Tate Modern, London’s first museum of international modern art which opened in 2000.

The title of the exhibition refers to this recent legacy and its ongoing effect. It also reflects the fact that a decade on, despite shifting political and social change, the work of the 12 selected artists retains the power and authority to contribute to contemporary debate, and to this end the exhibition includes both iconic works from the 1990s and new work made in the past year.

Aftershock will provide a focus for discussion and debate as audiences in China are invited to engage in the success story of contemporary British art and how this cultural transformation has had a significant influence on the international art scene.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition, and a programme of lectures and supplementary activities will be organised in conjunction with the showings in Guangzhou and Beijing.

Supplementary activities: What is Art Compaign

Come on check out the Aftershock blog here!