The first private art gallery in China called Arts Today
(今日美术馆) welcomed its first visitor on Saturday. Situated
in Beijing, the main structure of the gallery was conveyed
from an abandoned beer factory.
The artworks of an artist famous for his both bald and bold
approach to life and art opened the exhibition. Mr Fang Lijun
(方力钧) is one of the most celebrated Beijing artists, and
his work has been shown at galleries in Australia, France,
Germany, Netherlands and Japan. With his distinctive shaven
head and his passion over portraying contemporary artists
who are also bald – such as the "father of Chinese rock
‘n’ roll" Cui Jian - he makes the baldness his trademark,
and earns himself a nickname "Bald Rascal" ("光头泼皮").
While he’s bald on head, he’s bold in heart – the lines and
colours of his artworks are forever confidant, flamboyant
and sometimes audacious, and they are constantly shouting
and thundering, commanding your attention.
Bald 'n' Bold
This latest exhibition catalogue includes traditional Chinese
ink paintings, oil paintings, wood-carved drawings and sculptures,
covering the period from 1988 onwards. The highlight of the
exhibition is one of his oil paintings that measures 35-metre
long and 4 mitres high.
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