Laurin McCracken Reports on the 2012 Beijing International Art Biennale

2012 Beijing International Art Biennale | Laurin McCracken Reports

On September 27, 2012, more than 200 artists from around the world gathered for the opening of the Beijing International Art Biennale at the National Art Museum of China.

Beijing Art Museum

Artists from around the world gather outside the National Art Museum of China for the opening of the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale.

263 international artists, including myself, were selected through a submission and judging process for invitation to this art and sculpture event. There were 16 artists from the United States and several US artists living abroad invited to show at this year’s biennial. A large number of Chinese artists were also included.

Beijing International Art Biennale

US artists Michael Norton, Peter Wayne Lewis and Laurin McCracken trade stories as they wait for the doors to open.

We were hosted for four days in Beijing. Events included the official show opening with multiple speeches by government officials and sponsors; a formal banquet with more speeches; and a number of papers delivered at the symposium. We were also treated to a tour of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

US artists at Beijing Art Biennale

From left to right: Laurin McCracken, Joan Kelly (currently living in Singapore), Peter Wayne Lewis, Michael Norton, Kate Vrijmoet, Haydeh Neyestanak, Paul Pfeifer, Peter Hiers

It was a terrific opportunity to view art from around the world and to meet many interesting people.

Laurin McCracken with his painting, Bed & Breakfast

Laurin McCracken with his painting, Bed & Breakfast

The US artists at the event included Noah Daniel Smith Schenk, Elisabeth Forsyth Condon, Charles Michael Norton, Karen Marie Gunderman, Kathleen Vrijmoet, Laurin McCracken, Peter Leslie Hiers, Xiaohong Zhang, Lawrence M. Poons, Peter Wayne Lewis, Haydeh Sharifi Neyestanak, Carole Jeane Feuerman, Jane Hammond and Paul Pfeiffer.

Plans are already underway for the 6th Biennale in 2014. Interested artist of all mediums should track the announcements on the Biennale’s website:

Read more articles from Laurin McCracken, AWS, NWS,
in The Artist’s Magazine:

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