A discussion between historian Jane DeBevoise, artist Yang Jiechang and artist/curator/scholar Zheng Shengtian following a screening of the Asia Art Archive's documentary From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s at the Museum of Chinese in America on March 31, 2011.
The film contains rare footage and personal interviews with key artists and bears witness not only to the “Reading Fever” that gripped the Chinese art world in the 1980s but also highlights the experimentalism and verve of artists and critics in South China.
Yang Jiechang was born in 1956 in Canton China; currently lives and works in Paris and Heidelberg. The artist studied calligraphy and traditional painting and borrows on those skills to create contemporary works, like ink-dripped characters, maps and traditional landscape images.
Shengtian Zheng is an artist, curator, scholar and professor in contemporary Chinese and Asian Art. He is also the Managing Editor of Yishu.
Jane DeBevoise is an independent advisor and art historian, based in Hong Kong and New York. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2002, Ms. DeBevoise was Deputy Director of the Guggenheim Museum, responsible for museum operations and exhibitions globally.