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Modernity’s End: Half the Sky – Two Australians in China, an exhibition by John Young

18 February 2016


2 March – 3 April, 2016
10am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday

Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby
Official opening: 6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 2 March

Willoughby City Council is proud to present Modernity’s End: Half the Sky – Two Australians in China by leading Australian contemporary artist, John Young, with invited artists Pei Pei He and Cyrus Tang and music by Theodore Wohng.  

A narrative-based exhibition, John conveys the remarkable stories of two Australians in China between 1920 -1960. The historical memories of Alice Lim Kee and Daisy Kwok, who rode the sweep of modernity and its abrupt end, are brought together through painting, projection, photography and embroidery.

Born in Hong Kong in 1956, John moved to Australia in 1967 where he studied at Sydney College of the Arts, under conceptual artist Imants Tillers and musical prodigy David Ahern. His investigation of Western late modernism prompted significant phases of work from a bi-cultural viewpoint, including such series as the Silhouette Paintings, The Polychrome Paintings, the Double Ground Paintings and the Abstract Paintings.

John has had more than 60 solo exhibitions and 160 group exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including the Guggenheim, New York. He has devoted a large part of his four-decade career towards regional development in Asia, participating in many travelling exhibitions including Asialink’s Art from Australia: Eight Contemporary Views, and was also seminal in establishing the the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, which promotes Asian philanthropy and the nurturing of Australasian artists and curators.

This is the third exhibition that Young has mounted based on the history of the Chinese diaspora in Australia since the 1800s.

Public Programs

Tall Tales & True: Collage workshop with Michelle Cawthorn
2pm - 4pm, Sunday 13 March
Cost: $15
Ages: 13+
Bookings essential on 0401 638 501 or Kathie.Najar@willoughby.nsw.gov.au

John Young in Conversation with Curator, Venita Poblocki
2pm - 3pm, Thursday 17 March
Cost: FREE

This exhibition is part of Art Month and Spectrum Now. 

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