7 posts tagged china
Several of you have asked “what say ye D.C. Docent, for summer art extravaganzas not to be missed?” Not really, it was only one of you that asked and your vernacular was quite plain. But it did get me thinking, it’s never too early to start surveying the summer landscape. Here are my preliminary picks, but keep in mind that several private galleries have yet to release their late summer line-ups:
- Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series at The Corcoran - Scale, abstraction, stillness, muted tones and oceanic themes make for the kind of California Dreaming you only find on dappled, breezy Rock Creek Park picnics.
- Ai Weiwei at The Hirshhorn & Freer Sackler - Gigantism, interconnectivity, political dissidence, stone and wood translate into A Staring at the Sun kind of intensity where questioning authority, jail time and occupying something don’t seem so bad.
- Jasper Johns at The Phillips Collection - Printmaking, bold colors, graphics and pop vibe mean that if you’re wearing Ray Bans, an upturned collar and quoting the Beats or John Hughes, it ain’t gonna be such a Cruel Summer.
- The Art of Video Games at The American Art Museum - Unless you read my previous post on this show, be prepared for stammering, yammering, pixels, plug & plays and enough nerdy amusement to make you jam out like this.
- Joan Miro at The National Gallery of Art & The Kreeger - The geometry of surprise, think minimalist whimsy, but with an underlying lesson of more than basic shapes and primary colors is what you might hear in your Radiohead.
- Cynthia Connolly at Civilian Art Projects - Spare, clean, slightly gritty black and white images evoke the sense of Standing on a Beach.
- Leo Villareal at Conner Contemporary - Disappear here with diodes, pure color, and prismatic flashes of the future L’Estate.
Get your research on at Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits across Asia, a 2-day symposium (December 5th and 6th) which “examines imperial portraiture during the advent of photography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.”
Every now and again it’s good to do academic art symposiums and lucky for us, Smithsonian programming generally does a good job pulling experts together.
The Freer Sackler has a couple great programs going on right now regarding Chinese photography and “The Empress Dowager” through January 2012.
“There are positives to Beijing. People still give birth to babies. There are a few nice parks. Last week I walked in one, and a few people came up to me and gave me a thumbs up or patted me on the shoulder. Why do they have to do that in such a secretive way? No one is willing to speak out. What are they waiting for? They always tell me, ‘Weiwei, leave the nation, please.’ Or ‘Live longer and watch them die.’ Either leave, or be patient and watch how they die. I really don’t know what I’m going to do.”
LA Times reports “Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei waves from the entrance of his studio after being released on bail in Beijing.” Photo credit: David Gray / Reuters
Han Dynasty Urn with Coca-Cola Logo #FreeWeiWei #AiWeiWei
STRATFOR’s China Director Jennifer Richmond discusses how the timing of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s arrest illustrates a change in the Chinese government’s behavior — as well as in increased foreign scrutiny — even at the expense of damaging its public image.
#freeweiwei #aiweiwei http://www.aiweiwei.com/