Guangdong Contemporary Art Research: Post-Lingnan Document and Work Exhibition
主办单位：广州美术学院Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
岭南画派纪念馆Memorial Hall of Lingnan School of Painting
协办单位：广州美术学院美术馆Art Museum of GAFA
Art Museum of GAFA&Memorial Hall of Lingnan School of Painting
学术主持：韦承红 胡 斌
展览执行：莫 菲 吴文洁 何洁怡
视觉设计：杨易欣 马 驰
文献整理：胡文凌 李夏蓝 陈文轩 林杨杰
陈新华 苏百钧 王季华 李劲堃 黄一瀚
左正尧 李东伟 周 湧 方 土 黄国武
One hundred years ago, the Lingnan School of Painting, which originated in Guangdong, opened the curtain of the transformation of Chinese painting with the spirit of reform and innovation. Since then, "guiding the ethos, leading the new era, practicing the revolution" has always been an important feature of the development of Guangdong art. In the late 1980s, when contemporary Chinese art began to sprout, a group of young artists in Guangdong who have dreams and dare to try have put forward the concept of "Post-Lingnan" and actively explored the contemporary significance and possible expression of Chinese ink painting. Today, those former pioneers have reached the age of retirement. While, looking back at this art phenomenon, excavating and examining the growth trajectory of the "Post-Lingnan" artists, and considering their current artistic status, is not only a re-understanding and confirmation of that period of history, but may even bring the positive inspiration to the development of contemporary Chinese art.
At that time, "Post-Lingnan" had held three important exhibitions, but due to the polarized evaluation of the "Post-Lingnan" art phenomenon which got both praise and blame, the number of participants in each exhibition varies greatly. This time, we chose the artists who joined in the "second round exhibition" as the research object, because they insisted on not giving up, especially highlighting the artist's most authentic and determined artistic concept and pursuit under the tremendous pressure of the fierce criticism after the “first round exhibition” of "Post-Lingnan". They have no intention to challenge the authority, nor are they willing to follow the “Lingnanesque Style”. They not only put forward the concept of "avant-garde", but also created works that were different from the mainstream art style at that time. This might be just a cultural strategy, but a history of art development is exactly slowly moving forward in this kind of constant controversy, questioning, and resistance. Undoubtedly, "Post-Lingnan" is an indispensable case of Guangdong art in the development of contemporary Chinese art. Thus, studying and examining this history is not only a tribute to these artists who are full of cultural ideals, but also hopes to encourage more young students to be unafraid and brave in the art exploration.
In the past ten years, began with the Genius of the Century - Retrospective Project of Li Xiongcai’s Lifetime Artworks, Memorial Hall of Lingnan School of Painting sort out the important artists and art phenomena in different historical stages since modern times, and focused on the development of art and representative artists in Guangdong over the past 100 years. Among them, "Post-Lingnan" is an important part of contemporary Chinese art, which represents the appeal of the southern Chinese artists to reflect and change the art in the waves of reform and opening up. During that period, some scholars with a keen sense of art, such as Liang Jiang, Li Weiming, Wang Huangsheng, Yang Xiaoyan, and Li Gongming, had already made a forward-looking analysis and criticism. Therefore, we are deeply concerned about this regional contemporary art phenomenon, and began to collect relevant documents since 2014. In 2015, the project of "Thirty Years of Contemporary Art in Guangdong: Post-Lingnan" has been approved, and this once "non-mainstream" art phenomenon has been officially included in our research list. In March and April 2018, Thirty Years of Contemporary Art in Guangdong: Post-Lingnan Document Exhibition was held twice at the Memorial Hall of Lingnan School of Painting, and all the documents were not only displayed as the open exhibitions but also provided a way for specific artists and theorists to view independently. During the exhibition, we invited artists who participated in the “second round exhibition" of "Post-Lingnan" in 1994 to hold a symposium. On the one hand, in the presence of previous participants, we tried to identify, amend and mutual prove the source of data; on the other hand, we aimed to get more documents and information on the evolution of art view and art behavior over the past 30 years. In addition, we invited scholars to conduct separate interviews. We hope that in this way of working, we could jump out of the previous “exhibition + seminar” model, so that each invited researcher could make a more realistic and original observation and criticism in the state of independent viewing. All of the above collected content has been made an important part of the exhibition.
Guangdong Contemporary Art Research: Post-Lingnan Document and Work Exhibition, as the annual horizontal academic project of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, has added the artists' representative works before 2000 based on the two previous documentary exhibitions. Like the two previous exhibitions, this exhibition is not the end but the beginning of the next one, and it will become a valuable document with a timeline significance to record the growth and change of each artist. This follow-up observational study of "Post-Lingnan", as well as an open and continuously changing documentary display, may open up a new way of academic research and influence the ways of exhibition in the future.