New works of Chinese video art added to Stanford Libraries' collections

March 7, 2018
Joshua Capitanio
Liu Yi, "Chaos Theory"

In honor of International Women's Day, as part of our librarians' efforts to collect more work representing women's contributions to contemporary Chinese art, Stanford Libraries has recently acquired 21 works of experimental video art from the prestigious ShanghART gallery in Shanghai.  The pieces were produced by three female artists, Liu Yi 刘毅, Lin Yuqi 林钰玘, and Liang Yue 梁玥.  

Video art (shipin yishu 視頻藝術 or yingxiang yishu 影像藝術) has become increasingly popular among contemporary Chinese artists over the past several decades, particularly after the pioneering work of Zhang Peili 张培力, who has been considered China's first video artist since transitioning to work exclusively in video in the late 1980s.  Recently, the Shanghai art gallery ShanghART held a screening of works of video art produced by three up-and-coming female artists: Liu Yi 刘毅, based in Hangzhou; Lin Yuqi 林钰玘, from Guangzhou; and Shanghai artist Liang Yue 梁玥.  All three artists' works have been featured at various galleries throughout China, and Liang's work has also been exhibited in galleries in the USA and Europe. 

Through an arrangement with ShanghART, Stanford's Chinese Studies Librarian was able to acquire DVD copies of the works on display in this exhibition.  Due to the fact that these unique pieces of artwork ordinarily command high prices on the collectors' market, it can be difficult for libraries to collect them.  ShanghART has generously agreed to provide review copies of these DVD artworks for research and archival purposes.  These materials are currently being processed and will be available soon for Stanford Libraries patrons' viewing.

Liang Yue, "The Quiet Rooms," installation view.  Image courtesy of ShanghART.

Lin Yuqi, "Qfwfq," installation view. Image courtesy of ShanghART.

Top image: Original painting from Liu Yi, "Chaos Theory."  Image courtesy of ShanghART.