The Power Institute together with the Terra Foundation and the Sydney Environment Institute presents the two-day conference “Mining Value: Art and the Extraction of Resources”. This conference is free and open to the public, and we welcome everyone who is interested to join us for a series of papers from both … READ MORE
We often think of artists and artworks as having stable identities, yet the historical reality of art is far messier, and far more exciting, as objects, artists, and ideas moved across national and cultural boundaries, created between and from multiple cultures. This year’s Sydney Asian Art Series explores examples of such movement and multiplicity from across Asia and the world.
The Chinese painter known to Europeans as “Lam Qua” was one of the most well-documented artisans working in the port of Guangzhou in the early 19th century. While very little historical Chinese records have been found to clarify Lam Qua’s biography, he left a fascinating corpus of paintings—including both originals and copies—for us to examine. Professor Winnie Wong’s lecture challenges whether “he was an early exemplar of modern art in China, or a mere copyist of European pictures?” and considers how learning about Lam Qua’s stature might alter how we might see his work.