Harmony in Diversity

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Till the 21st the National Art Museum has an exhibit of modern, yet traditional ink paintings by Four Professors Dai Shunzhi, Fan Yang, Han Jingwei and Yuan Wusi. The exhibit’s called Harmony in Diversity.


The exhibit is free if you bring a passport or government i.d. No entry after 4 pm.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object #2

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Other great photos:

A Look Back at 2013

A pretty good year, all told?

Best wishes for 2014, the Year of the Horse.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

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Regal robe, Shandong Provincial Museum

Regal robe, Shandong Provincial Museum

New Orleans Altar

New Orleans Altar

 

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Impressionism and Fashion

Yesterday I went to the Art Institute of Chicago‘s exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.”

C’est magnifique!

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.

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Tissot

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.

Monet

Monet

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.

By Tissot

By Tissot

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

Renoir – my favorite Impressionist in this

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

portrait at the Worcester Museum

portrait at the Worcester Museum

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Paris Street, Rainy Day. Caillebotte, Art Institute, Chicago

African Mask, Art Institute of Chicago

African Mask, Art Institute of Chicago

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798 Art Space

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Last week I visited the 798 Art Space in Beijing. I’m proud of myself for getting to this place beyond the subway system using public transportation rather than a taxi. Just take the subway to Dongzhimen and then take bus 418 or 688 (1 yuan) to 798. If you show the fare taker “798,” she’ll make sure you don’t miss the stop.

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I visited 798 a couple years ago and I remember it as being less commercial. There were cafés, shops and restaurants, but there seemed to be more art. Also, now there were a few galleries that charged entrance fees. I haven’t seen that anywhere, let alone in a country with so many great free museums, so I passed them by. Still this extensive area with dozens of galleries is a great place to wander.

Return to the Gallery

A couple weeks ago my friends and I visited the gallery at Shandong University of Art and Design. The artist and his wife were so gracious and kind. With the help of a student we discussed his paintings. His wife took us to his studio and showed us where he worked.

Before Dragonboat Festival he sent me a text inviting my friends and I to return to his studio because he wanted to give us some paintings. It was hard to believe this offer was real. They’d mentioned it in the gallery, but we thought he was just being nice. He’s a master painter who’s learned from some top painters.

The text convinced us he was serious. We got a bottle of good red wine and proceeded to the studio on Thursday. As is often the case with these meetings in China there was a bit of confusion about where he lived and when we’d be there. In the end that was all worked out.  First the wife welcomed us with cherries from Yantai and tea and soon the artist and his 17 year old son, who speaks very good English arrived. We talked about the son’s trip to Australia and the paintings. My friend Lynne was quite diplomatic and polite about refusing the paintings, which is part of the Chinese ritual. I knew what she was doing, but still got a little nervous about missing this opportunity for some fine art.

In the end he gave us each a traditional ink painting of peonies and birds. It’s stamped (like signing in the West) and everything.

I’m still just stunned. Such kindness and generosity!

Modern Art

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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.

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