CAFA’s Design School unveiled their Contemporary Glass Art Center earlier this month, which “advocates for the diversified practice of contemporary glass art…promoting an in-depth study of materials and workmanship while [prompting] thoughts on the relationship between materials and concepts”. Read more.
“Sotheby’s London will host Unfolding Landscapes, a special selling exhibition of works by graduates of the School of Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) – China’s premier arts academy – from 2-8 November 2012. The first Western exhibition of graduate work from CAFA’s School of Design, the show will include furniture, ceramics, jewellery, fashion as well as photography by China’s next generation of creative talents. The show is curated by taste-maker Janice Blackburn, renowned for bringing lesser-known, emerging artists from around the world to international attention. The exhibition space, logo and catalogue are designed by Professor Min Wang, China’s most important graphic designer, best known for creating the graphics for the 2008 Beijing Olympics”. More information.
Pictured is a heat-sensitive, colour-changing tea table by CAFA designer Huo Yijin.
Wang Min currently serves as the Dean of the School of Design at Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He studied at China National Academy of Fine Arts and Yale University School of Art; since 1998, he has acted as Design Director for Square Two Design. Watch this space for more on Wang Min and his design students.
CAFA Art Info
CAFA Art Info was started earlier this year by a small organisation affiliated with Central Academy of Fine Arts (read my earlier post here). Although primarily aimed towards promoting local, contemporary artists to an international audience, the website is also a useful resource for both design and general CAFA-related news. The concept behind their logo is also worth reading about.
China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) is situated on Huajiadi Nanjie, Beijing (not too far from the surreal experiences of IKEA). It is, reportedly, the only art institution of higher learning operated by the Ministry of Education; founded in April 1950, when the National Beijing Art College and the Fine Arts Department of Huabei University were transformed into a single institution. The School of Design holds graduate exhibitions every year, which are well worth a visit, and also houses AIGA China. Equipped with an art museum (designed by Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki) as well as art supplies and book stores, CAFA is another favourite to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.