THE EYES OF THE ARTIST: MADELEINE O’DEA
For the last 30 years Australian foreign correspondent and arts editor Madeleine O'Dea has witnessed the rise of China, the explosion of its contemporary art and cultural scene, and its citizens’ struggle for freedom of expression. Her book The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance and The Making of Modern China – called an essential and magnificent memoircum-history by Thomas Keneally of Schindler’s Ark fame – charts China’s ascent from economic ruin to global giant through its art. In this lecture, O’Dea references the work of six contemporary artists – including Ai Weiwei – in order to understand the behemoth that is China.
Supported by NZ Contemporary Art Trust.