Revolution Curated: Original Art of Yan’an’s New Society 1955 - 1984
Rich in the folk traditions of rural peasant artists, Revolution Curated is an historical collection that highlights China’s Cultural Revolution as experienced by artists.
Revolution Curated: Original Art of Yan’an’s New Society 1955 - 1984 Rich in the folk traditions of rural peasant artists, Revolution Curated is an historical collection that highlights China’s Cultural Revolution as experienced by artists. The exhibit, privately owned by Combat Film’s Dodge Billingsley, includes the work of several artists known as the Cave Artists Group who worked under the direction of Beijing based artist Jin Zhilin. Jin was sent to Yan’an in the midst of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) where he recruited local artists to study art at the Yan’an Masses Art Studio that he directed. The collection includes Jin’s early work from the 1950s, which was heavily influenced by Soviet Social Realism, work produced during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) that towards the end was illustrative of the Revolutionary Romanticism engulfing the arts in China, and works from the post-Cultural Revolution period (late 1970s-early 1980s), reflecting more traditional themes and aspects of local culture that Jin encouraged his students to study. The collection is original and was acquired in numerous trips to China between 1999-2005. The art of the exhibit was not created to be sold, as there was no commercial value to art at that time. Instead, art was utilized for social and political purposes. In most cases the artists were not even sure what happened to their work once it was turned over to local authorities to be reviewed and exhibited in support of domestic and even international policy initiatives. As a result, nearly all of the pieces are the only known copies to exist.
Date & Time
January 17, 2019
6:00PM - 8:00PM