Oct. 1 Event “Inside the Contemporary Chinese Art Market:” Pictures and Audio



Photographs and audio are now available from the October 1, 2014 event “Inside the Contemporary Chinese Art Market.” The event featured Ethan Cohen, President and CEO of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in New York, and moderator Dorothy Ko, Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Barnard College. The event, co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, is part of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s new Museums & Material Culture: East Asia lecture series. 

The 90-minute discussion included a look at artwork from premier Chinese artists like Ai Weiwei as well as up-and-coming artists.

“Chinese art does not have to be political,” said Cohen who pointed out that art is very localized; the Chinese art markets in New York and Hong Kong, for example, can be completely different.

Professor Ko moderated a Q&A session with the audience which included insights into how Cohen looks for the artists he represents. He does research but also reaches out to colleagues, friends, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, artnet, and artprice.

“Any success of an Asian artist is a success for all artists,” said Cohen.

The Museums & Material Culture: East Asia lecture series aims to engage New York-based museums, galleries, and art institutions and their key players, experts, and artists in conversation about a variety of issues and topics, from museum anthropology to collecting and selling art. The next lecture in this series is on calligraphy and will be held Feb. 26, 2015.

To listen to the lecture, please click here.

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