06 Mar 2014
in art, Blogging Challenge, China, culture, museum
Tags: ancient, Chinese, noble, regal, robe, Shandong Provincial Museum, textiles
Jennifer Nichols Wells runs terrific photo challenges. This week’s is “blue.” Thus I offer a majestic robe from ancient China. Such embroidery!
You can see more lavish blues here.
It feels good to be blogging again. I’d had some trouble with annoying pop-up ads on Chrome or Firefox. Knock on wood, the internet has been tamed for now and I’ll be back in business.
01 Jan 2014
in architecture, art, Chicago, China, food, History, Holiday, Jinan, museum, travel, USA
Tags: art, Cambodia, Chicago, China, festivals, food, Jinan, performance, photos
Curry, Phenom Penh
Palace, Phenom Penh
Palmer House Lobby, Chicago
Weifeng Kite Festival
Mercure Jinan, Easter
Worcester Museum, Mass
Quencheng Square, Jinan, China
Swan Lake, Jinan Cultural Center
Kite Festival, Weifeng, China
Temple, Phenom Penh
798 Art Space, Beijing
Shandong Provincial Museum
A pretty good year, all told?
Best wishes for 2014, the Year of the Horse.
20 Oct 2013
in art, expat life, Jinan, museum
Tags: crowds, photo, Shandong Provincial Museum
For a unit on art, I asked my students to visit a museum. Since whenever I’ve gone to the Shandong Provincial Museum, I’ve been able to saunter right in, I was astonished when a student sent me this photo. Today’s the last day to see European paintings and a self-portrait by da Vinci.
19 Oct 2013
in art, museum
Tags: ceramics, China, colorful, elegant, porcelain, pottery, Shandong, Shandong Provincial Museum, simple
Saw another excellent exhibit of porcelain at the Shandong Provincial Museum.
14 Aug 2013
in Chicago, museum
Tags: art, Art Institute Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Claude Monet, exhibit, French, Impressionism, Impressionist, museum, paintings, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Yesterday I went to the Art Institute of Chicago‘s exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.”
By pairing the fashion of the day with French paintings by Impressionists and others from the late 19th century. So in addition to an exquisite collection of paintings by Tissot, Monet, Manet, Renoir, and lesser known Impressionists with the dresses, suits and accessories, the curators illuminate the influence of fashion on art. So many of the dresses, hats, shoes and purses were as exquisite as the paintings.
The quotations and information posted throughout the exhibit were enlightening and I liked how one gallery displaying works set outside was decorated with artificial grass and park benches. A recording of chirping birds added to the park feel.
The exhibit included many fashion plates, illustrations of outfits in 19th century magazines. I’d never known that fashion plate had this etymology. I usually like to take photos in a museum, but due to restrictions from the museums that loaned works, photography was prohibited. Still I highly recommend this exhibit if you’re anywhere near Chicago in the next six weeks.
I hadn’t known Tissot’s work and I liked it the most. His work isn’t impressionistic as it’s very realistic compared with Manet, Monet, et al.
Another innovation with this exhibit is the creation of a character named Jean-Paul, a time traveler from the late 19th century. Jean-Paul and his penny farthing popped up around the city, tweeted and tumbled in social media to create a buzz about the summer’s exhibit.
Renoir – my favorite Impressionist in this
11 Jun 2013
in art, China, culture, museum
Tags: art, Chinese, modern, painting, Shandong Provincial Museum
I returned to the Shandong Provincial to see their two new exhibits. Today I’m sharing some modern art by Liu Guo-Sung. He started with traditional Chinese painting and then got interested in oil painting in the West. Now he’s synthesized the two media and methods. Pretty cool stuff.
28 Apr 2013
in architecture, art, Blogging Challenge, Chicago, China, culture, Europe, museum, photos, society, Weekly Photo Challenge
Tags: African art, church, Knight, postaday2013, postaweek2013, suit of armor
New Orleans Church
At the Chicago Cultural Center
At the Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute Chicago
Chinese Painting, Shandong Provincial Museum
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02 Feb 2013
in art, culture, museum, travel
Tags: Art Museums, Arts and Entertainment, decorative arts, event, flora, Massachusetts, museum, New England, North America, paintings, sculpture, sights, USA, winter, Worcester Art Museum
Worcester Art Museum is offering a terrific event this February. Flora in Winter is a program for which for chosen pieces a florist designs an arrangement inspired by the painting, sculpture or other piece.
The added flowers uplift museum goers who’re no doubt tired of the gray cold of New England or elsewhere.
Worcester Art Museum has a wonderful collection with pieces from all over the world and from ancient to modern times.
by Robert Turner
14 Jan 2013
in art, museum
Tags: Art Museums, Cainian, China, museum, Peng Cainian, Shanghai, Shanghai Art Museum
I visited the Shanghai Art Museum in December. The day I went only one exhibit was open, but since the museum is free, I went in. I liked paintings by Peng Cainian, though I’d say these seemed more like “living room art” than like fine art. That’s not necessarily bad.
The exhibit’s introduction noted that when China first opened up, painters blindly leapt on Western art techniques. Cainian took a more thoughtful, meditative, careful approach. Cainian favors quiet aestetics and now focuses on ancient Chinese art in his work. I did like these paintings of ancient artifacts and landscapes and I don’t always want to see art that’s political or cutting edge.