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Course Director, Arts of China.

Nixi Cura graduated with a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University, then specialised in Chinese painting and Buddhist art, with a minor in Romanesque art, at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her current research interests include Qing art, especially during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795), collecting and antiquarian practices during the Republican and Manchukuo periods, and contemporary Chinese visual culture. She has published a cultural biography of the Admonitions Scroll during the Qianlong reign and is currently working on an edited volume for the University of California Press entitled Lost Generation: Luo Zhenyu, Qing Loyalists, and the Formation of Modern Chinese Culture.

Independent Curator and Critique.

Currently a research professor of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, and a visiting professor of Sichuan Fine Art Institute, China, Minglu Gao received his master's degree from the Chinese Academy of Arts in Beijing and his PhD from Harvard University in the USA. A leading scholar and curator of Chinese Modern and Contemporary art, he has curated a number of important exhibitions such as China/Avant-Garde (Beijing, 1989), Inside Out: New Chinese Art (New York, San Francisco, 1998-2000), Harvest: Contemporary Art Exhibition (Beijing, 2002); Chinese Maximalism (Beijing, New York, 2003), The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art (New York, Beijing, 2005), Retrospective of The No Name Group (Beijing, Guangdong, Shanghai, 2006-2007), Yipai: Thirty Years of Chinese Abstract Art (Spain, 2008-2009), and China Portion of Global Conceptualism (New York, Boston, 1998-2000).
Gao's major publications include The History of Chinese Contemporary Art; Inside Out: New Chinese Art; Chinese Maximalism; The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art; The No Name: A History of A Self-Exiled Avant-Garde; Aesthetic Narrative and Abstract Art; The 19885 Movement and Yipai: Thirty Years of Chinese Abstract Art.


Wenda Gu was born in Shanghai, in 1955. He graduated from the Shanghai School of Arts in 1976 and received his MFA from the China Academy of Arts five years later. Gu has participated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions and biennials, in China, Singapore, Japan, Australia, France, Russia and the US, among others. Gu’s art has been included in such recent art history books as: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, Documentary Sources in Contemporary Art. He has been featured in television and radio programmes worldwide on the BBC, PBS and CCAC in China. Edward Lucie-Smith recently wrote, "Wenda Gu is the most celebrated of a new generation of Avant-Garde artists who emerged from China in the very late 1980s and in the 1990s, as a result of the 'Open Door' policy that succeeded the chauvinism of the Cultural Revolution. He has made himself into a fully international figure. In more senses than one, he is a key figure in the culture of our time."


Independent Curator and Writer.

Pauline J Yao Pauline J Yao is an independent curator and writer based in Beijing and San Francisco. She received her MA in East Asian Languages and Civilisations from the University of Chicago and from 2001-2006 held the post of Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Senior Lecturer at California College of Arts. In 2006, she received a Fulbright Grant to research Contemporary art in China. She is the author of In Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China (2008) and serves on the editorial board of Yishu Art Journal, and Contemporary Art and Investment and her writings have appeared in Yishu Art Journal, Flash Art, Contemporary Art and Investment (Chinese), ART Asia Pacific, Freize and Art Papers. Yao was the inaugural recipient of the Contemporary Chinese Art Critic Award in 2007. She has curated exhibitions including The Yiqingzhai Collection of Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting at the Chinese Painting Gallery, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, in 2005 and Forged Realities at Universal Studios-Beijing in 2007


Art Historian, Critic and Independent Curator.

Deepak Ananth is an art historian, critic and independent curator based in Paris. He studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and he currently teaches at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Caen, Normandy. His curatorial projects include exhibitions of Contemporary French art in Thresholds, New Delhi (1995); 19th century French painting, Histoires Parallèles, Fukuoka, Kyoto (1995-1996); Surrealism Surrealismo, Rio de Janeiro (2001); Contemporary Indian art, Indian Summer, Ecole des Beaux Arts Paris (2005) - the first major presentation on the European continent; l'Inde dans tous les sens, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris (2006); Passages, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2006); Prospects, Auditorium, Rome (2007); The Home and the World, Hermès, New York, Berlin, Paris (2008). Ananth has written on a range of Modern and Contemporary European and Indian artists, mostly for museum publications. These include essays on Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Howard Hodgkin, Sarkis Zabunyan, Anish Kapoor, Amrita Sher-Gil, Vivan Sundaram, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Jitish Kallat, Dayanita Singh, Raghubir Singh and NS Harsha. He was a selector for the Artes Mundi prize in 2006.


Curator, Writer and Co-Founder of Cardamom Organisation.

Previously an investment banker and strategy consultant, Hammad Nasar is a curator, gallerist and writer based in London. He is co-founder of the not-for-profit arts organisation Green Cardamom, and the arts advisory firm, Asal Partners, and is currently a Clore Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College. He was a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme for 2006-2007 and Arts Director for the UK's Festival of Muslim Cultures (2006-2007). He has lectured on Contemporary art from Pakistan at museums and universities internationally, including London's V&A, SOAS, Tate and London Business School; Yale University in the US and the National College of Art, Beaconhouse National University and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Pakistan. Recent exhibitions he has curated or co-curated include: Karkhana, a Contemporary Collaboration (Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum, USA); Desi Pop (Maison Folie de Wazemmes, France); Beyond the Page (Manchester Art Gallery and Asia House, UK); Who are you? Where are you really from? (Whitworth Art Gallery, UK) and Naee Azadi (Kara Film Festival, Pakistan).


Independent Curator and Art Critic

Gayatri Sinha is an independent curator and art critic, based in New Delhi and her emphasis has been on gender issues and contemporary social policy. Her published works include edited volumes on art: Art and Visual Culture in India: 1857-2007 (2008); Indian Art: An Overview (Rupa Books, 2003); Woman/Goddess (1997) and Expressions and Evocations: Contemporary Women Artists of India (1996). Her biographical essays include Himmat Shah: An Unreasoned Act of Being (2007); The Art of Adimoolam (2005) Krishen Khanna: The Embrace of Love (2005); Krishen Khanna A Critical Biography (2001). Her work as a curator includes Public Places Private Spaces, Contemporary Photography and Video Art in India (2007); Watching Me Watching India, Fotographie Forum, Frankfurt; After Dark (Mumbai 2004) Middle Age Spread Imaging India 1947-2004 (2004). Cinema Still, The Self and the World (1997); Woman/Goddess (1999-2001). She has lectured widely on Indian art, photography and curatorial practice in India and abroad.


International Director, Asian Art International Specialist Head, Indian and Southeast Asian Art and Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, Christie's.

Dr Hugo Weihe, who leads the cross-departmental business-getting team for Asian art, is also responsible for the Indian & Southeast Asian Art department based in New York. Under his leadership, the department set numerous record breaking prices, including $1,127,500 for a Khmer sandstone figure of Uma 11th century, a new world auction record for any work of art in the field (2004); and $724,300 for a bronze figure of Shiva as the Lord of Music, setting a world auction record for a Chola bronze (2003). In the fast growing field of Modern and Contemporary Indian art, he was the auctioneer to sell Tyeb Mehta's Mahisasura for $1,548,000, a world auction record for any contemporary Indian painting (2005). Weihe received a PhD in Art History from the University of Zürich, where he also lectured on various subjects related to Asian art. His book, Die Ware Kunst (Art as Commodity), was published in 1989. In the early 1990s, he was the publisher of Artibus Asiae, one of the most important scholarly journals in the field of Asian art.


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