Olivier Krischer

Olivier Krischer is the deputy director of the China Studies Centre, at the University of Sydney. Krischer completed his PhD at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and has been a visiting fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taipei, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, at ANU, where he was also the curator of the CIW Gallery. He is the co-editor of Asia through Art and Anthropology (Bloomsbury, 2013) and a special issue of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art, ‘Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand’ (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He has also lectured in art and design history at the University of Tsukuba and the University of Sydney, and was previously the managing editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine in Hong Kong (2011–12). University of Singapore Press, forthcoming late 2019) includes a chapter on China at biennials. Clark also co-curated Modern Boy, Modern Girl: Modernity in Japanese Art, 1910–1935 (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998), and in 2014 organised and co-curated Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Storytellers of the Town, co-edited catalogue (4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2014).

Zhang Peili »

From Painting to Video

Edited by: Olivier Krischer
In 2014, New York-based artist Lois Conner gifted one of pioneering Chinese artist Zhang Peili’s last paintings to The Australian National University’s newly opened Australian Centre on China in the World. Never exhibited and thought lost, the reemergence of Flying Machine (1994) prompts an exploration of the relation between painting and video in the oeuvre of Zhang Peili. Given Zhang’s significance as a leading conceptual painter in the 1980s, then as a media art pioneer and educator in the 1990s and 2000s, Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video is also a nuanced study of broader developments in Chinese contemporary art’s history. Featuring contributions by historian Geremie R. Barmé, photographer Lois Conner, art historians John Clark, Katie Grube, and Olivier Krischer, and curator Kim Machan, these essays together challenge the narrative of Zhang as ‘the father of Chinese video art’, highlighting instead the conceptual consistency, rigour, and formal experimentation in his work, which transcends a specific medium. By equal measure, the book embraces longstanding connections as integral to its meaning, connections between artists, curators and researchers, collaborators, colleagues and friends through China and Australia.