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ARTIST PROFILE

GUAN WEI
Born 1957, Beijing, China

In 1989, three years after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing Capital University, Guan Wei came to Australia to take up an artist-in-residence at the Tasmanian School of Art. He was invited to undertake two further residencies: one at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1992), the other at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University (1993).

In 2003, Guan Wei was artist in residence at the Greene Street Studio, New York, and Visiting Fellow at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra. In 2005 he received an Australia–China Council residence grant at the Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan and in 2006 participated in an Australia Council-funded Artists’ Camp at Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), in Western Arnhem Land.

Guan Wei’s work has a profoundly felt, if implicitly ironic, moral dimension. In their complex symbolic form, his subjects potently embody the social and environmental dilemmas of our time. They are equally the product of his rich cultural repertory of symbols and his informed socio-political awareness, born of his experience of the contrasting realities of his former home, China, and, since 1989, his new home, Australia. His most recent work assigns new meaning to the grand tradition of history painting.

Guan Wei has held 39 solo exhibitions, including, most recently, 'Other Histories: Guan Wei’s Fable for a Contemporary World', Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; 'Echo', Sherman Galleries, Sydney; and 'Unfamiliar Land', Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (all 2006).

He has been included in numerous important contemporary exhibitions in Australia and internationally, such as the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (1999); 'Man and Space', Kwangju Biennale, South Korea (2000); 'Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia', Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin (2003–04); 'In-Between Realities …', Shanghai Gallery of Art, China (2005); 'Between River and Lake', Jack Tilton Gallery, New York (2006); and major solo exhibitions, such as the survey exhibition, 'Nesting, or the Art of Idleness 1989–1999', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1999) and 'Other histories: Guan Wei's fable for a contemporary world', Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2006–07).

Guan Wei has won several awards, including the 2002 Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. His work is held in major public collections and numerous university and corporate collections in Australia, as well as international collections.

An artist’s monograph on Guan Wei, edited by Laura Murray Cree, with essays by Dinah Dysart, Natalie King and Hou Hanru, was published by Craftsman House/Thames & Hudson Australia in October 2006.

BIOGRAPHY
1978 Began painting
1986 Graduated in Fine Arts, Beijing Capital University and became an
art teacher in a high school
1990 Arrived in Australia, now lives and works in Sydney

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006–07 ‘Other Histories: Guan Wei’s Fable for a Contemporary World’, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2006 ‘Echo’, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
‘Unfamiliar Land’, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
‘Jiang Hu’, Liverpool Regional Art Museum, Sydney
2005 ‘Guan Wei: Secret Histories’, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne
2004 ‘Looking for Enemies’, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
‘Prediction-Reflection’, Church Gallery, Perth International Arts Festival, Perth
2003 ‘Looking’, Greene Street Studio, New York
‘A Passage to Australia’, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
2002 ‘Dao’, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
‘Island’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
‘Exotic Flowers & Rare Grasses’, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
2001 ‘Studio Show’, Parks Victoria, Warrandyte, Melbourne
2000 ‘Horoscope’, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
‘Arrivals’, Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
‘Guan Wei [Zen Garden]’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
‘Looking for Home’, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
1999 ‘Floating’, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
‘Nesting, or the Art of Idleness 1989–1999’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
‘Recent Work’, Span Galleries, Melbourne
1998 ‘Revisionary’, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
‘Internal Circulation’, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
‘Beijing to Sydney’, Chifley Plaza, Sydney
1997 ‘The Last Supper’, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
‘Guan Wei [ex/inspire]’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
‘Anonymous Invader’, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney
1996 ‘Return to Paradise’, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
‘Umbrella Studio’, Townsville, Queensland
‘Magic Garden’, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
1995 ‘Treasure Hunt’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1994 ‘The Great War of the Eggplant’ and ‘Sausage’, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
1993 ‘Test Tube Baby’, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
1992 ‘The Living Specimen’, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
1991 Waverly City Gallery, Melbourne
Despard Street Gallery, Hobart
‘Guan Wei: A Contemporary Chinese Artist’, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
‘Guan Wei: Artist from The People’s Republic of China’, Photo Space School of Fine Art in the ANU, Canberra
1989 French Embassy, Beijing

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 News from Islands, curator Aaron Seeto, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
The Hague Sculpture 2007: DE OVERKANT / DOWN UNDER, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2006–07 ‘Yours, Mine & Ours: 50 Years of ABC TV’, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2006 ‘2006: The Year in Art’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney
‘Between River and Lake’, Jack Tilton Gallery, New YorK ‘15th Anniversary Exhibition’, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing ‘Water Dreaming’, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney
‘Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale’, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
2005 ‘Text Me: An Exploration of Body Language’, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
‘The Nature Machine: Contemporary Art, Nature and Technology’, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
‘The 10th Anniversary of Post-Earthquake Restoration Hyogo International Competition of Painting’, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
‘The Wynne Prize Exhibition’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
‘Sir John Sulman Prize Exhibition’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
‘In-Between Realities …’, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Three on the Bund, Shanghai
‘Future Tense: Security and Human Rights’, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Queensland
‘Western Front: Contemporary Art from Western Sydney’, touring in New South Wales to Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown; Braemar Gallery, Springwood; Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Penrith
2004 ‘2004: The Year in Art’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney
‘Process’, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney
‘Terra Alterius: Land of Another’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, travelling exhibition
‘ARTV 2004’, SBS Television and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne
‘Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne
‘The Plot Thickens: Narratives in Australian Art’, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
‘Frank Saxby Acquisitions’, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, New South Wales
2003–04 ‘Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia’, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin
‘Isle of Refuge’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2003 ‘Festivus’, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
‘Art & About’, City of Sydney, CBD banner exhibition
‘Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights’, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
‘Synergies: A Fusion Event’, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
‘Hothouse: The Flower in Contemporary Art’, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, touring exhibition
‘Science Fictions’, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
‘The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon: Exploring Still Life’, Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart
‘Ned Kelly Framed’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney
‘Creating Paradise on Earth’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
‘Austral-Asia Zero Three’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2002 ‘Festivus’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
‘2002: The Year in Art’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney
‘Dialogue with the Watchtower’, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
‘Points of View’, University of Technology Gallery, Sydney
‘Dressing and Dreaming’, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
‘Deeper Places’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
‘Borderpanic’, Performance Space, Sydney
‘Sir John Sulman Prize Exhibition’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
‘Group Exhibition’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
‘Sydney 2002’, Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Sydney
2001 ‘Osaka Triennial 2001: 10th International Contemporary Art Competition’, Contemporary Art Space Osaka (CASO), Osaka, Japan
‘Asia in Australia: Beyond Orientalism’, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
‘39th Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Award’, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
‘Mosman Art Prize’, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
‘International Print Triennial’, Kanagawa, Japan
‘Clues to the Future’, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
‘Hermanns Art Award’, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, New South Wales and Victoria, touring exhibition
‘7th NICAF: International Contemporary Art Festival 2001 Tokyo’, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
‘Low-down: Recent Acquisitions’, Monash University Collection, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2000–01 ‘Lines of Descent: The Family in Contemporary Asian Art’, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, touring exhibition
2000 ‘Man and Space’, Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea
‘Inside Out: New Chinese Art’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
‘New Acquisitions’, University of Western Sydney Collection, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Penrith
‘Redlands Westpac Art Prize’, Mosman Art Galley, Sydney
‘A Long Life’, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
1999–2000 ‘The Rose Crossing’, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth; S.H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney; Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
1999 ‘Beyond the Future: The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
‘Sir John Sulman Prize Exhibition’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
‘Geelong Print Prize’, Geelong Gallery, Victoria
‘Rena Ellen Jones Memorial Print Award’, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria
‘Persuasive Humours’, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
‘The 4th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints’, Kochi, Japan
‘The Artful Cello’, Georges Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, touring exhibition
‘Sydney 99’, Australia and China Cultural Exchange Art Exhibition, SGI Australia Cultural Centre and Cheng Shifa Gallery, Art Center Academic, Shanghai
1998–99 ‘Five Continents and One City (Cinco continents y una ciudad)’, International Salon of Painting, Mexico City Museum (Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico), Mexico City
1998 ‘Sir John Sulman Prize Exhibition’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, touring in New South Wales to Wollongong City Gallery; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Broken Hill City Art Gallery; Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery
‘Conrad Jupiters Art Prize’, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
‘Cartoons and Caricature in Contemporary Art’, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Victoria, touring exhibition
‘Beyond China’, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
‘Skin Culture’, George Gallery, Melbourne, touring exhibition
‘Culture Graft’, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney
‘To the Wall – and Back’, Span Galleries, Melbourne
‘Ways of Being’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
‘Australian Drawing Biennale’, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, touring exhibition
1997–2000 ‘In and Out: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and Australia’, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore; RMIT Gallery, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne; Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, The University of Sydney; Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart; John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth; Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra; Rockhampton City Council, Queensland; Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland; He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Australian Embassy, Beijing, China
1997–98 ‘Drift’, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith; Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong; City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
1997 ‘Anon’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
‘Osaka Triennial 1997: 8th International Contemporary Art Competition’, Mydome Osaka, Osaka, Japan
‘Australian Printmedia Art Prize’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
‘Biennial Art Exhibition Diary Award’, Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sydney
‘Asian Art at the Australian National University’, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
‘John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize Exhibition’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1996–97 ‘Flagging the Republic’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, regional touring exhibition
1996 ‘Above and Beyond: Austral/Asian Interactions’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; 24HR Art, Darwin; Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA), Adelaide
‘5th Anniversary Exhibition’, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
‘Monash University Acquisitive Art Prize’, Monash University, Melbourne
‘Compost’, Adelaide 96 Festival, Adelaide
‘A Sense of Place’, Bede Gallery, Jarrow, UK
1995 ‘Australian Perspecta’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
‘Works on Paper’, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
‘The Collectable Eggbeater’, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
‘3 x 3 Sites’, private residence, Sydney, travelling to Christchurch, Auckland, Berlin, Canberra and Beijing
1994 ‘Localities of Desire: Contemporary Art in an International World’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
‘New Art from China’, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland
‘94 Open’, Artspace, Sydney
‘Conrad Jupiters Art Prize’, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
1993 ‘Silent Energy’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
‘New Art from China, post-1989’, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
‘New Art in China 1989–93’, Hanart Gallery, Taipei
‘Mao Goes Pop: China Post-1989’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1992–93 ‘Six Contemporary Chinese Artists’, Space YZ, University of Western Sydney, Nepean; Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane
1992 ‘Orient-ations: The Emperor’s New Clothes’, Irving Galleries (renamed Sherman Galleries, October 1992), Sydney
‘Chinese New Wave’, Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Hobart
1991 ‘Twelve Contemporary Chinese Artists’, The University of Sydney, Sydney
‘Echoes of China: From Behind the Bamboo Curtain – Three Contemporary Chinese Artists’, Irving Galleries (renamed Sherman Galleries, October 1992), Sydney
1990–91 ‘Three Chinese Artists’, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart
1990 ‘Contemporary Chinese Young Artists’ Works’, Twin Cranes Gallery, Seattle
‘’90 International Youth Art Show’, Paris
‘Lun Exhibition’ (six artists’ works), Beijing
1989 ‘Individual Paintings’, Beijing Teachers Institute, Beijing
‘Exhibition of the Second Party of the Survivors’ Poets Club’, Beijing Central Drama Institute, Beijing
1988 ‘Alumni Painting Exhibition’, Beijing Teachers Institute, Beijing
‘Exhibition of Four Artists’, Jian Gou Men Wai Foreign Department, Beijing
1987 ‘Guan Wei and Ah Xian Paintings’, Beijing University, Beijing
1986 ‘Four Artists’, Beijing University, Beijing
‘Autumn Salon Exhibition’, Paris

RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS
2006 Artists’ Camp, Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, through 24HR Art, Darwin (Australia Council Grant)
2005 Australia–China Council, residence grant, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan
2003 Artist in residence, Greene Street Studio, New York (Australia Council Grant)
Visiting Fellowship, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
2002 Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Mosman Art Prize, Sydney
39th Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Award, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
Artist in residence, Bundanon Trust, Nowra, New South Wales
Artist in residence, Parks Victoria, Melbourne
Artist in residence, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, New South Wales
2000 Asia Link Australia Grant
Artist in residence, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
1999 Nillumbik Invitation Art Award, Eltham, Victoria
Geelong Print Prize, Geelong Gallery, Victoria
Rena Ellen Jones Memorial Print Award, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria
Artist in residence, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Queensland
1998 Visiting Fellowship, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
Australia Council Grant
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
1997 Artist in residence, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney
Australian Printmedia Art Prize, University of Western Sydney, Nepean
Biennial Art Exhibition Diary Award, Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sydney
1996 Curatorial team member, Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
1995 Australia Council Grant
1994 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
1993 Artist in residence, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
1992 Artist in residence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1990–91 Artist in residence, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart
1990 Australia Council Grant
1989 Artist in residence, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart

COMMISSIONS
2004 Feng Shui, mural painting for Bureau of Meteorology, main entrance foyer, 700 Collins Street, Docklands, Melbourne
Paper War, for ‘ARTV 2004’, SBS television and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne
2001 Sydney Morning Herald, cover artwork commissioned to celebrate Australia Day
1997 One of eight artists commissioned to produce fine art, limited edition prints for the Sydney 2000 Olympics poster program

RADIO AND TELEVISION
2006 Sunday Arts, ABC TV, Australia
2005 Interview, ABC Radio, Australia
2002 Interview, SBS Radio, Australia
2000 Interview, South Korea TV
Interview, Singapore TV, Channel 8
Interview, China Central Television (CCTV)
Interview, ABC Radio, Australia
1995 Interview, Art Review, ABC TV, Australia
1994 Interview, ABC Radio, Australia
Interview, Radio 2XX, Canberra
1993 Interview, SBS TV, Australia
1992 Interview, SBS TV, Australia
1991 Interview, ABC Radio, Australia
1990 Interview, National TV, Spain
1989 Interview, ABC TV, Australia

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Australian Embassy, Beijing
Contemporary Art and Culture Centre, Osaka, Japan
Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Tokyo Gallery, Japan
Artbank
Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
Geelong Gallery, Victoria
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Nillumbik Art Collection, Victoria
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
Australian National University, Canberra
Griffith University, Queensland
Monash University, Melbourne
University of New South Wales, Sydney
University of Tasmania, Hobart
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Western Sydney, Nepean
Parks Victoria Melbourne, Victoria
Sydney Grammar School
BHP Billiton
Wesfarmers
Numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Books
Ang, Ien, Chalmers, Sharon, Law, Lisa & Thomas, Mandy (eds), Alter/Asians: Asian–Australian Identities in Art Media and Popular Culture, Pluto Press, Sydney, 2000.
Barmé, Geremie & Minford, John (eds), Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience, Hill and Wang, New York, 1988.
Clark, John, Modern Asian Art, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1998.
Dysart, Dinah, King, Natalie & Hou Hanru, Guan Wei, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2006.
Genocchio, Benjamin (ed.), The Art of Persuasion: Australia Art Criticism 1950–2001, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2003.
Grishin, Sasha, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s: Artist Printmakers 1990–1995, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1997.
Hart, Deborah, Australian Art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002.
Hart, Deborah, Developing the Collection: Acquisitions 2001–2004, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2004.
Israel, Glenis, Senior Artwise 2, Visual Arts 11–12, John Wiley & Sons (Jacaranda), Milton, QLD, 2004.
Jose, Nicholas, Chinese Whispers: Cultural Essays, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1995.
Kolbe, Ursula, Rapunzel’s Supermarket: All About Young Children and their Art, ECA (Early Childhood Australia), Canberra, 2002.
Murray Cree, Laura, Awesome! Australian Art for Contemporary Kids, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002.
Murray Cree, Laura (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2006.
Peng, Lu & Dan, Yi, 1979–1989: A History of China’s Modern Art, Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, Changsha, China, 1992.
Segelman, Yossi, Take Action! Successful Australians Share their Secrets, Lothian Books, Melbourne, 2004.
Strange, Larry (ed.), Openings: A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and China, Asia–Australia Institute, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002.
Turner, Caroline (ed.), Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific, Pandanus Books, Canberra, 2005.
Wu, Hung (ed.), Chinese Art at the Crossroads: Between Past and Future, between East and West, New Art Media, Hong Kong, 2001.

Exhibition Catalogues
(listed in reverse chronological order)
Claire Roberts, Other histories: Guan Wei’s fable for a contemporary world, exhibition catalogue, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 2006.
Guan Wei, ‘Echo’, Echo, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 2006.
Engberg, Juliana, ‘The follies of history: Guan Wei’s new perspective’, Guan Wei: Secret Histories, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne, 2005.
Johnson, Danielle, ‘Text me’, Text Me: An Exploration of Body Language, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 2005.
Kouyoumdjian, Sophia, ‘Western front: Art is a social space’, Western Front: Contemporary Art from Western Sydney, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2005.
Turner, Caroline, ‘Security and human rights’, Future Tense: Security and Human Rights, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Queensland, 2005.
In-Between Realities …, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Three on the Bund, Shanghai, 2005.
Engberg, Juliana, Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, 2004.
Farmer, Margaret, ‘Terra alterius: Land of another’, Terra Alterius: Land of Another, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004.
Green, Charles (ed.), 2004, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2004.
Morgan, Kendrah & Morgan, Luke, ‘The plot thickens: Narratives in Australian art’, The Plot Thickens: Narratives in Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004.
Murray Cree, Laura, ‘Looking for enemies’, Guan Wei: Looking for Enemies, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 2004.
Chiu, Melissa, ‘Seriality as survival: The art of Guan Wei’, Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, 2003.
Cranswick, David, ‘Creating paradise on earth’, Creating Paradise on Earth, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, 2003.
Hage, Ghassan, ‘Ethnic caging’, Isle of Refuge, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003.
Huangfu, Binghui, & Pastor Roces, Marian (eds), Science Fictions, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore, 2003.
Malor, Deborah, ‘Exploring still life’, The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon: Exploring Still Life, Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 2003.
Williams, David, ‘Guan Wei: Dow Island 2002’, Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2003.
Capon, Edmund, ‘Guan which? Wei’, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay: Visual Arts Opening Festival, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 2002.
Ewington, Julie, ‘Across, between’, Points of View, University of Technology (UTS) Gallery, Sydney, 2002.
Island, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 2002.
Plate, Cassi, The Borderpanic Reader, Performance Space and Australian Network of Art & Technology, Sydney, 2002.
Osaka Triennial 2001: 10th International Contemporary Art Competition, Contemporary Art Space Osaka (CASO), Osaka, Japan, 2001.
Chui, Melissa, ‘Guan Wei’s horoscope’, Clues to the Future, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, 2000.
Clark, John, ‘Playing with the stars: Guan Wei’s styles’; Eastburn, Melanie, ‘Wisdom, knowledge and humour: The work of Guan Wei’; Huangfu, Binghui, ‘Foreword’, Looking for Home, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore, 2000.
Eastburn, Melanie, ‘Reincarnation’, Inside Out: New Chinese Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2000.
Juers, Evelyn, ‘Guan Wei’, in Genocchio, Benjamin & Chiu, Melissa (eds), Selections from The University of Western Sydney Art Collection, Nepean Arts Acquisitions Committee and the Projects Unit, School of Contemporary Arts, University of Western Sydney, 2000.
Kwangju Biennale 2000 Exhibition Catalogue, Kwangju, South Korea, 2000.
Gao, Minglu, ‘Gazing into deep space from a Zen garden’, Zen Garden, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 2000.
Cramer, Sue, ‘Guan Wei: Storyteller’; Jose, Nicholas, ‘Breaking through’; Jaivin, Linda, ‘Happy: Guan Wei talks to Linda Jaivin’, Guan Wei: Nesting, or Art of Idleness 1989–1999, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1999.
Gao, Minglu, Five Continents and One City, Mexico City Museum (Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico), Mexico City, 1999.
Seear, Lynne, ‘The view from the master’s chair: Guan Wei’s Feng Shui’, Beyond the Future: The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1999.
Wei, Guan, ‘Neo-Genesis’, Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festivals: Reaching the World, Sydney, 1999.
Wright, William, The Rose Crossing, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 1999.
4th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Kochi, Japan, 1999.
Chiu, Melissa, ‘Culture Graft’, Culture Graft, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney, 1998.
Clabburn, Anna, ‘Whimsy in the white cube’, Cartoons and Caricature in Contemporary Art, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Victoria, 1998.
Dalton, Gabrielle, ‘Beyond China’, Beyond China, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Campbelltown, Sydney, 1998.
Eastburn, Melanie, ‘Mapocalypse’, Australian Drawing Biennale, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 1998.
Girard-Geslan, Maud, ‘Guan Wei, an adventure, from east to west’, Revisionary, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 1998.
Wardell, Michael, Skin Culture, George Gallery, Melbourne, 1998.
Barmé, Geremie, ‘Serious Manchu whimsy: What goes around comes around’, Guan Wei [ex/inspire], Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1997.
Chun-tong, Yeung, Asian Art at the Australian National University, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 1997.
Genocchio, Benjamin & Chui, Melissa, Drift, Lewers Bequest & Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith; Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong; City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, 1997.
In & Out: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and Australia, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore, 1997.
The Last Supper, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 1997.
Osaka Triennial 1997: 8th International Contemporary Art Competition, Mydome Osaka, Osaka, Japan, 1997.
Bond, Anthony, A Sense of Place, Bede Gallery, Jarrow, UK, 1996.
Compost, 96 Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, 1996.
Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1996.
Chang, Tsong-Zung, Magic Garden, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, 1996.
Williamson, Clare, Snelling, Michael, Jayamanne, Laleen & Ewington, Julie, Above and Beyond: Austral/Asian Interactions, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, 1996.
Murphy, Bernice, ‘Fabulous engagements: Recent work by Guan Wei’, Treasure Hunt, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1995.
Negrin, Llewellyn, ‘Art and the everyday’, The Collectable Eggbeater, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1995.
Australian Perspecta ’95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995.
Jose, Nicholas, ‘A breathtaking balancing act’, The Great War of the Eggplant and Sausage, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery and Canberra School of Art, Canberra, 1994.
Murphy, Bernice, Localities of Desire: Contemporary Art in an International World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1994.
New Art from China, post-1989, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 1993.
Silent Energy, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK, 1993.
Xianting, Li & Jose, Nicholas, Mao Goes Pop: China Post-1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1993.
Downie, Chris & Jose, Nicholas, Chinese New Wave, Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Hobart, 1992.
Hull, David, Six Contemporary Chinese Artists, Space YZ, University of Western Sydney, Nepean, 1992.
Parr, Geoff, ‘Introduction’, Guan Wei: A Contemporary Chinese Artist, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1991.
Wei, Guan (translated by Jaivin, Linda & Barmé, Geremie), ‘“Wo” De Yishu: Nesting – The art of Idleness’ & Williams, David, ‘Foreword’, Guan Wei: Artist from The People’s Republic of China, Photo Space, School of Fine Art in the ANU, Canberra, 1991.
Twelve Contemporary Chinese Artists, The University of Sydney, Sydney, 1991.
’90 International Youth Art Show, Paris, 1990.
Four Artists, Jian Gou Men Wai Foreign Department, Beijing, 1988.

Articles and Reviews
(listed in reverse chronological order)
Andrea Stretton, “Art monographs’, Art & Australia, vol. 44, no. 3, 2007, pp. 452–3
Michael Goldberg, ‘Other Histories: Guan Wei’s Fable for a Contemporary World’, review, Object Magazine, no. 52, April 2007, p. 48
Daniel Thomas, ‘The Queensland Art Gallery and its Gallery of Modern Art’, Art Monthly Australia, no. 197, March 2007, pp. 18–23
Geremie R. Barmé, ‘Telling selves and talking others’, Art Asia Pacific, no.52, March–April 2007, pp. 72–75
‘Australia’, Art Asia Pacific Almanac 2007, summer 2007, p.113
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