Monday, July 26, 2010

The Tao of Now at White Rabbit Teahouse




Featured recently on ABC's The Collectors, the White Rabbit Gallery is already one of Sydney’s must-sees: a window into one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.

Its second exhibition, The Tao of Now, presents an entirely new selection of works by more than 40 artists. Their themes are as up-to-the-minute as land theft, political power and the lust for luxury goods, and their materials include interactive touch screens, silicone, industrial fans and stainless-steel crochet. Yet their works are also steeped in the oldest parts of Chinese culture: Taoism, Buddhism, Confu- cianism, martial arts and ancient legends.

• Wang Yuyang’s full-sized minivan—battered, dust-covered ... and breathing

• The domestic interiors of Dong Yuan, made up entirely of trompe l’oeil paintings

• Qin Fengling’s Scaffold, a huge wood-on-canvas structure swarming with figures made of paint squeezed straight from the tube

• Zhang Chun Hong’s 11-metre-long, near-photographic drawing of a plait of hair

The White Rabbit Collection is a not-for-profit organisation established by the Neilson Foundation to collect and exhibit contemporary Chinese art made since 2000. Its Gallery, Australia’s largest private art museum, extends over four levels of a converted warehouse. Only a fraction of the Collection is on show at any given time. The Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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