BEIJING CALLING – and not to talk real estate

Zhang Xiao - Shaanxi No 2.

Zhang Xiao – Shaanxi No 2.

China is in the news every day in Sydney. Nearly every story is about economics.

“Slowing Chinese demand ends Australia’s resources boom,” “Sydney real estate unaffordable thanks to Chinese investment,” scream the headlines.

We hear little about Chinese art and culture and the way it reflects the fast changing face of modern China. Dr Yeqin Zou is determined to change that, opening a new Sydney gallery dedicated to cutting edge Chinese art.

It looks like a smart decision to site Vermilion Gallery in Walsh Bay, convenient strolling distance from the Sydney Theatre and the Wharf. The culture vultures on their way to the theatre can kill the half hour between finding earlybird parking and showtime by browsing.

The inaugural exhibition, Beijing Calling, guest curated by Australian-based artist Guan Wei, displays work from nine established and emerging Chinese artists. It’s challenging stuff, and though prices for the major large-scale works may give art investors pause, there are also lovely, affordable domestic-size pieces.

Cang Xin - Hidden Conscious

Cang Xin – Hidden Conscious

Hang Qing Night Trip #3

Hang Qing Night Trip #3

Wang Yunyun - Westbound Early Spring

Wang Yunyun – Westbound Early Spring

Looking costs nothing. You can see the artists’ work online here. And for those living in or visiting Sydney, we highly recommend dropping in on Vermilion. We wish our friend Yeqin and her new venture much success!

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