About the Book
This publication covers all work from the exhibition, plus rich additional informations. The root of Beauty Calendar (Beauty yuèfènpái), a popular wall-hung art in China around 1910 to 1940, can be traced back to the 13th century Song dynasty. In the wake of the 20th Century, when China was forced to open its door for commerce with countries of the West, the ‘Year Painting’ form of aesthetics was borrowed to effective use - to combine art with advertising for many imported, as well as locally made products. The content of the year paintings, besides drawing ideas from historical events, operas and famous novels, in order to attract more audience, began to feature beautiful women posed in cheongsams. In between the 20s to 50s, when the calendar/poster were much sought after, it had nourished a group of painters, crossing over from traditional Chinese painting to blend with Western technique.
Ocean Pounds is a platform for a number of art-driven projects, founded in 1995 (Hong Kong) by photo-based artists Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing, headquartered in Toronto since 2000. Ocean Pounds is also a primo spot to acquire Holly and Ka-sing’s work - from the very recent to vintages dated back to late 70’s. Furthermore, it acts adequately as a venue to locate fine art pieces from their past organized projects (Gallery, Representation, Print Program), with work from prominent artists notably Nobuyoshi Araki, Christopher Doyle, Yau Leung and Yao Jui-chung.