Wang Chunchen Wins 2009 CCAA Critic Award
Wang Chunchen, a member of the Curatorial Research Department of the Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, has been selected as this year’s winner of the critic award of the Contemporary Chinese Art Awards. A grant of 10,000 euros will support his realization of the proposal “Art Intervenes in Society—A New Artistic Relationship,” to be published by CCAA as a book in 2010. The volume will examine work by numerous artists who insert their work into everyday social situations in order to question existing political and artistic norms.
Wang’s proposal was chosen from among 27 entries. The other finalists were “Cultural Identity and Innovation: Contemporary Chinese Art and Cultural Traditions” by Liu Congyun, a columnist for the South China Morning Post, and “Jianghu and Empire: Cultural Geographies in Chinese Contemporary Art’ by Lau Sau Yee, Chairman of the Society for Experimental Cultural Production at Hong Kong City University. The winning proposal was commended by all jury members for its relevance to current critical discourse, and its clarity of organization and language.
The jury was composed of four members: artist and CAFA vice president Xu Bing; artist, writer, and China Art Academy professor Qiu Zhijie; Art in America senior editor Richard Vine, and CCAA founder Uli Sigg.
About Chinese Contemporary Art Awards CCAA
The Contemporary Chinese Art Awards CCAA are given biannually to Chinese artists and art critics who show particular talent in artistic creation and in its critique - to encourage their development through its publications and exhibitions, and to enhance awareness and appreciation of a wider public for what Chinese contemporary art contributes to contemporary culture. CCAA has been founded in 1997 by Uli Sigg, former Swiss Ambassador to China and leading collector of Chinese contemporary art
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