Special Event: Inside & Outside the Yellow Box

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Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

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University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009

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Enquiries: lwag@uwa.edu.au or 08 6488 3707


Inside and Outside the Yellow Box: Rethinking Displays of Asian Art and Artefacts

The Yellow Box was first developed during the first decade of the twenty-first century by the Hong Kong-based gallerist Chang Tsong-zung (Johnson Chang) as a critical intervention in the internationally dominant mode of gallery display known as the White Cube.

The Yellow Box encompasses a range of enacted and proposed modes of display purportedly conducive to the public showing of artworks produced using ideas and techniques associated traditionally with Chinese ‘literati’ painting, poetry writing and calligraphy.



Special Event: In Conversation

Dr Lynne Howarth-Gladston and Professor Paul Gladston will deliver an appraisal of the Yellow box and its relationship to a historically masculinist-elitist Confucian literati culture, before exploring a diverse array of modes of display used historically and contemporaneously as means of displaying Asian art and artefacts, including a recent exhibition of video art from China curated by the speakers.

To conclude, the existing diversity will be proposed as a context for the further development of an expanded field of transcultural approaches to the displaying of Asian Art and Artefacts beyond the limitations inherent to the Yellow Box.




Speaker Biography

Dr Lynne Howarth-Gladston is an artist, curator and scholar. Lynne has exhibited her painting internationally and was lead curator of the exhibition New China/New Art: Contemporary Video from Shanghai and Hangzhou staged at the University of Nottingham’s Djanogly Gallery in 2015. Her PhD thesis is the first to engage critically with the work of the C19th botanical illustrator and traveller, Marianne North. She was an expert contributor to the BBC4 documentary, Kew’s Forgotten Queen: The Life of Marianne North (2016).

Prof Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales. His recent book-length publications include Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History (2014), which received ‘best publication’ at the Award of Art China 2015. He was an academic adviser to the internationally acclaimed exhibition Art of Change: New Directions from China, staged at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2012. Paul’s forthcoming monograph, Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity will be published later this year.




Image: Tan Lijie (b. Shenzhen, 1991), East Fishing Island, 2014. Three-channel video, 10 mins 49 secs . Image courtesy of the Djanogly Gallery, the University of Nottingham.


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University of New South Wales, UWA School of Design and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies

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