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THEN: White Rabbit Gallery turns 10!

This year White Rabbit Gallery celebrates its tenth birthday with THEN, a show that fizzes with all the excitement of Chinese contemporary art at the start of the twenty-first century, recalling Judith Neilson’s astonishment and delight in her first forays into artists’ studios in Beijing and Shanghai.

Looking back to the very first White Rabbit exhibitions, THEN will revisit works that enthralled visitors, including  Jiao Xingtao’s monumental sculptures of the detritus of a throwaway society, Wang Zhiyuan’s giant-sized, neon-pink underpants, Chen Wenling’s grotesque, pig-like red car and Chen Fei’s flesh-coloured, blob-like creatures sliced open to reveal glistening viscera of jewellery and cosmetics. The gallery theatrette will feature a program of works from some of the most significant pioneers of Chinese video art, including Zhang Peili, Zhou Xiaohu, Zhu Jia and Yang Zhenzhong. As well as a nostalgic return to some of the earlier works in the collection, THEN will also reveal some new surprises.

To learn more about the artists on show, step beyond the gallery and into the White Rabbit Collection Research Library at Dangrove, where you will find many rare artist monographs, exhibition catalogues and related ephemera that have been sourced and collected for over 10 years. Our research library contains unique resources that provide a greater and richer insight into the contexts and practices of the artists in the White Rabbit Collection. 

See below for a select handful, featuring artists exhibited in THEN: 

God of materialism: Sculpture by Chen Wenling 2008   Huang DuSculptures by Chen Wenling 1999-2006 Yuan Honghui [ed]

Huang Du. (2008). God of materialism: Sculpture by Chen Wenling 2008. Beijing: Asia Art Center

Yuan Honghui. (2009). Sculptures by Chen Wenling 1999-2006. Beijing: Beijing Today

'God of materialism: Sculpture by Chen Wenling 2008' (2008) and 'Sculptures by Chen Wenling 1999-2006' (2009) invite you to explore the work of artist Chen Wenling, whose playful and cynical large-scale sculptures depict the contradictions and vices of human nature.

Luise Guest. (2016). Half the sky: conversations with women artists in China. Sydney: Piper Press Bu Hua; David Frazier, Li Yifei. (2016). Bu Hua: the best has already come. Beijing: Hi Art Centre

Bu Hua; David Frazier, Li Yifei. (2016). Bu Hua: the best has already come. Beijing: Hi Art Centre

Luise Guest. (2016). Half the sky: conversations with women artists in China. Sydney: Piper Press 

'Half the sky: conversations with women artists in China' (2016) and 'Bu Hua: the best has already come' (2016) take us deeper into the world of multimedia artist Bu Hua’s fearless feminine alter-ego through essays, interviews, analysis and a catalogue of full colour artwork illustrations. Also find our complete collection of exhibition guide looks, which will take you back to earlier encounters with Bu Hua’s work at the White Rabbit Gallery.

White Rabbit Gallery guide look exhibition catalogue

Huang Du. (2009). Urban verses: Chen Wenbo. Beijing: Timezone 8postNeo Painting from China, Kamakura Gallery 2008.

Neo Painting from China, Kamakura Gallery 2008.

Huang Du. (2009). Urban verses: Chen Wenbo. Beijing: Timezone 8

In 'Urban Verses' (2009) discover more about the contemporary painting practice of artist Chen Wenbo, whose works depict the mass-produced and the mundane in shimmery, luscious detail. Navigating the rise of consumer culture in a gaudy, artificial realism, Chen Wenbo’s meticulous paintings of washbasins, dice, car keys and matches reflect upon China’s recent economic boom and the resultant changes wrought upon everyday life. Furthermore, in the exhibition catalogue from "Neo Painting from China" (2008) see Chen Wenbo's work on display amongst his contemporaries. 

Orianna Cacchione. (2017). Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat.Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago Olivier Krischer [ed]. (2019). Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video. Canberra: ANU Press

Orianna Cacchione. (2017). Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat.Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago 

Olivier Krischer [ed]. (2019). Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video. Canberra: ANU Press

Furthermore, with over 40 items comprised of artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, art history texts and exhibition ephemera exploring and discussing the work of ground-breaking video artist Zhang Peili, our research library offers a plethora of content surrounding one of China’s most influential contemporary artists. 

To discover these texts and hundreds more, make an appointment to visit the White Rabbit Collection Research Library, open to researchers on Thursdays and Fridays or at other times negotiated with the Manager of Research. To request access and arrange an appointment, please visit: https://www.jnprojects.net/white-rabbit-collection/library/

By Nichola Palazzi, Library Assistant

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