(Re) Orientations: China in the Western Artistic Imagination from the 1960s to the present day


Friday, 9 November 2012

17.30 - 19.30, room tbc

John Dugger John Dugger in China, photographed by Peter Fisher in 1972. © England & CoSpeaker(s): Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art), John Dugger (artist)

Ticket/entry details:
Open to all, free admission

Organised by:
Dr Wenny Teo with Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This symposium explores the impact of Chinese art, culture and politics on the Western artistic and intellectual imagination, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s.

Professor Sarah Wilson’s paper looks at the influence of Maoist China on French artists, filmmakers and writers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Gérard Fromanger and the Tel Quel group between 1966 and 1976; a period of radical political instability in France, coincident with the decade of the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution in China.

In conversation with Dr Wenny Teo, the acclaimed artist John Dugger – who in 1972 became the first American artist to visit the People’s Republic of China since its founding in 1949 – will discuss how his first-hand experience of Cultural Revolutionary China as well as the in-depth research he conducted on traditional Chinese landscape painting has continued to inform his practice to this day.


  • Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art): ‘Desire Is Everywhere’: MAO and France, 1966-1976, In Art, In Theory, In Situ

  • John Dugger (artist) in conversation with Dr Wenny Teo (The Courtauld Institute of Art): A Star on the Palm of your Hand

  • Discussion

The event will be followed by a reception in the Front Hall

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