Category Archives: art

Booming creativity in China – Jeffrey Towson

More than a million Chinese graduated over the past years in art and design. Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson visited earlier Oriental DreamWorks and explains at his weblog why creativity is a booming business in China. The best of two world’s approach.

China in Hollywood: more than money – Jeffrey Towson

It is not only money from China, flooding to Hollywood that makes an impact. Thousands of creative Chinese are getting chances in the international movie world that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago, explains Peking business professor Jeffrey Towson in the Nikkei Asian Review.

30 Years of change in China – Kaiser Kuo

This summer journalist and internet expert Kaiser Kuo left his position at Baidu, to return to the US and works as a host of the Sinica podcast at China-focused media startup SupChina. At CCTV he looks back at almost 30 years of change, he experienced. The 1980s saw still most profound change, he tells. Then the software, the mentality changed profoundly. Later it was mostly the hardware of the country that adjusted to those earlier changes.

Revenue art auctions dropped 50% – Rupert Hoogewerf

Sales of living Chinese artists at auctions dropped with almost half in 2015, reports the Hurun Art List 2016 this week. Causes: a slowing economy and the anti-corruption drive, tells Hurun chairman Rupert Hoogewerf to AFP.

China Dream symbol splits an artisan family – Ian Johnson

President Xi Jinping´s “China Dream” comes along with a slick propaganda campaign. But the center piece of the campaign, a clay figurine of a chubby peasant girl in a red smock, has split the artisan Tianjin family who made the image, discovered journalist Ian Johnson for the New York Times.

Jindong Cai discusses Beethoven in China – Ian Johnson

Jindong Cai is a professor at Stanford University and an orchestra conductor with a long reputation in China. Journalist Ian Johnson discusses the special position Beethoven has in China, for the New York Times.

China´s super-rich: moving to philanthropy – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s rich have often been blamed for spending less on charity compared to their compatriots in other countries. But slowly, things are changing, says Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun China Rich list in the Guardian. “Philanthropy is becoming more sophisticated now,” said Hoogewerf. “The main cause they give to is education.”

Rewriting the role of women – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia attended in March the Bookworm International Literary Festival, and talked about the changing role of women in China´s society. Here is the report of Al Jazeera. Zhang Lijia is currently writing a novel on prostitutes in China.

The growing sophistication of Chinese art collectors – Rupert Hoogewerf

A slowdown of art sales in China is not only caused by the anti-graft campaign or the economic slowdown, but also by a growing sophistication of the art collectors, says China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf in Barrons. They are not only going for big-ticket super-stars, but develop their own appreciation.

A private tour at the Art Basel Hong Kong – Wei Gu

WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu enjoys a private tour at the Art Basel Hong Kong, with a strong focus on Asia. A leading exhibition where Chinese art is still favorite but other countries and young artists are emerging too.