I’ve been thinking a lot about the exhibition From Two Arises Three at the Asian Art Museum, which showcases the collaborative work of two American artists who through different media have been intensely involved in interpreting Chinese landscapes. Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney acted on their synergies to create something fresh, interesting, and contemplative on many levels.
I’m back from a quick trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I had the chance to see the Ai Weiwei “@ Large” exhibition on Alcatraz Island. When I first heard about the exhibit, I had my usual blasé reaction to his name: “I am so sick of hearing about Ai Weiwei, can’t people think of any other Chinese artist to be interested in?” But fortunately I overcame my AWW fatigue and went to see the show.
There was a slight covering of snow this morning, so winter is on its way to the Boston area. I’m actually looking forward to hunkering down for a few (or several) months to catch up on huge amounts of background reading, on China and contemporary art, and viewing of films that could inform or inspire my project.
Chen Danqing’s “Still Lifes” exhibition at the Suzhou Museum was surprisingly interesting: at first I thought the overall concept was too easy (great, he can paint paintings of paintings) but then the more I looked at the works, the more interesting the series became. Continue reading
Art museums, like the ones we can find in major cities in the United States and Europe, don’t yet exist in China. There are historical museums and museums with Chinese art collections, but museums with substantial (or even minimal) collections of international artworks have yet to be created. Continue reading