【New Artrends • RAM】 “How To Kill Time”: Working Style of Ni YouyuMay 24, 2015 Sunday 19:30 - 21:00

2F Y.W.C.A Building (133 Yuanmingyuan Road, Shanghai)
Ni Youyu, Karen Smith, Zhu Zhu
  • About the Talk

    The initial cognition of traditional Chinese literati paintings and western contemporary artistic languages shaped the expression of Ni Youyu. Its uniqueness includes but not limited to the artwork itself, it is also presented in Ni’s integral creation system and his ability of mastering all kinds of materials. He has been trying to form the intertextuality between different elements for many years, and he always wants to emphasize the significance of time and handicraft, meanwhile he tries to avoid the pragmaticality and politics in order to return to the ontology of aesthetics. Ni puts accent on both the value recognition and the aesthetics of non-current social standards. This lecture is going to develop the understanding and discussion through introducing Ni’s creation background and working style. Ni joked that it merely provides some reference of how to spend time for those who are interested in the introduction of the work that looks prolix. We will also invite Zhu Zhu, an independent curator and poet, and a very well-known curator Karen Smith to talk about how to kill time. 

  • About the Speakers

    Ni Youyu, born in 1984, Ganzhou city Jiangxi province, is currently living and working in Shanghai. He was named the Best Young Artist of 2014 China Contemporary Art Award (CCAA). His recent solo exhibitions include: A Brief History, Form and Matter, Zilch, Inches of Time, Ni Youyu (Solo program of 2015 Art Basel Hong Kong); group exhibitions include: Bern, Kunstmuseum Switzerland, Museum of Art Lucerne, China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore and so forth. This year, Ni is about to attend the group exhibitions at National Gallery of Australia and two more solo exhibitions, one at Arario Gallery (Shanghai) and other at Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei).


    Karen Smith, settled in Beijing since 1992, is a British art critic and curator. She considers Chinese contemporary art after the year of 1979 as her main research field. Karen used to write articles for a great deal of magazines and exhibitions, additionally she has composed personal portfolios for several artists, including Ma Ke, Shi Jinsong, Jia Aili and so on. At the same time, she has written many masterpieces about Chinese contemporary art status quo. Currently Karen is doing research on art history of 1990s, and she is finishing writing her new book entitled Bang to Boom: China’s New Art in the 1990s. Karen has curated both group and solo exhibitions for a couple of Chinese contemporary artists. She was nominated as the Director of OCAT Contemporary Art Museum Xi'an in August, 2012.

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  • About【New Artrends • RAM】

    In partnership with New Century Art Foundation (NCAF), RAM launched a new series of talks, entitled "New Artrends • RAM", aiming at discovering and supporting young artists' practice. This series is continuation of RAM and NCAF's enduring concerns and researches over young artists, which, through artists' lectures and conversations, periodically presents the public with young artists engaging in the frontier of artistic exploration and places them in the contexts of art history and contemporary society. As one of "Night @ RAM" programs, "New Artrends • RAM" will become a critical platform which connects young artists, museums and the public. It will also provide long-term and consistent support for the development of art.


    The NCAF was established in 2014 by the collector, Mr. Wang Bin. It is a non-profit foundation aiming at researching, promoting and also spreading China's contemporary art. The NCAF will provide supplemental support for the development of China's contemporary art as the complement to the current art-ecosystem. Through quality research and observation on art cooperation with artistic institutes, it will bring a better platform for young artists to promote their practice.

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【New Artrends • RAM】 “How To Kill Time”: Working Style of Ni Youyu

May 24, 2015 Sunday 19:30 - 21:00

2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)

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