BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A $75,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation
for the Visual Arts, Inc. to the University at Buffalo Art
Galleries will help produce a scholarly catalogue to accompany "The
Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art," the largest exhibition
of contemporary Chinese art ever to travel beyond that country's
The exhibition, which will be on view from Oct. 21 to Jan. 29,
2006, is being organized by the UB Art Galleries, the Albright-Knox
Art Gallery and the Millennium Art Museum in Beijing, China.
"We are delighted to contribute to this project," said Pamela
Clapp, director of the grant program at the Warhol foundation. "We
believe this catalogue will break new ground in the scholarship and
international appreciation of the Chinese visual arts."
The 450-page, full-color catalogue will be bilingual. Providing
a complete history of Chinese contemporary art over the past two
decades, the catalogue also will serve as a textbook for university
students and researchers in the field. It will include images of
all the works in "The Wall" exhibition, artists' biographies and a
chronology of Chinese conceptual art from 1978-2004. It also will
explore various themes, from socialist iconography to essays on
Chinese film and theater in the 1980s and '90s.
The UB Art Galleries, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the
Millennium Art Museum are producing the catalogue, which will be
available for "The Wall's" July opening in Beijing. The exhibition
comes to Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the UB Art
Galleries in October.
"We are grateful to the Andy Warhol Foundation for this generous
grant," said Sandra H. Olsen, director of the UB Art Galleries.
"Its support will enable us to expand this contemporary Chinese art
exhibition beyond the walls of the museum and to encourage
scholarship into this period of artistic endeavor."
The principal essayist and exhibition curator is Minglu Gao,
Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at UB. "The 'wall' is a
universal phenomenon, a crucial parameter that determines the
definitions of ideas such as 'boundary,' 'family' and 'community,'
regardless of one's race, age, culture and nationality," he
He added, "The 'wall' is particularly significant to Chinese
history and culture because it is not only a fundamental element of
classic Chinese architecture, but also constitutes a spatial system
that reflects the Chinese mentality." Gao is the principal
documentarian of new Chinese art and author of six books on
contemporary Chinese art.
The Andy Warhol Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1987 to advance
the visual arts. The foundation's objective is to foster innovative
artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and
supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or
indirectly, support artists and their work.
Additional funding for "The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese
Art" has been provided by the Asian Cultural Council, the E. Rhodes
and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National Endowment for the
Arts, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the W.L.S. Spencer
Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Activities
Fund from the UB Office of the Vice President for Research and the
For more information, visit or call Kristin E. M. Riemer,
public relations and development officer at the UB Art Galleries,
at 716-645-6912, ext. 1424.