|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Saturday, May 27, 2017
|Contemporary Chinese Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum on View at the Akron Art Museum|
Wang Guangyi, Great Criticism Series: Chanel, 1994, oil on canvas, 60 1/4 x 48 3/8 in., Collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin Friends of Art Fund, 2001.
AKRON, OH.- Featuring works by four internationally renowned artists, Zheng Fanzhi, Wang Guangyi, Shen Jiawei and Hung Liu, Culture Revolution allows viewers a glimpse into the rapidly changing terrain of contemporary Chinese culture. The lush, poetic paintings, on loan from the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College, is on view in Akron through February 27, 2011.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present this selection of remarkable contemporary Chinese paintings from the AMAM, said Curator of Exhibitions Ellen Rudolph. Culture Revolution will offer our audiences the chance to learn about modern China through powerful images created by artists who have lived through the tumultuous changes of the last several decades.
During Chinas Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the only manner of artistic expression permitted was a form of official propaganda that glorified the Communist regime through heroic images of peasants and workers. Although China remains a Communist state, the culture has undergone a true revolution since their economy opened to the rest of the world in 1978.
The artists in this exhibition exploit the freedom they now have to draw from all eras of Chinese and Western art. In doing so, they not only speak of their individual experiences navigating the social and political upheaval of the last three decades, but they also reflect the clash of outmoded Socialist ideas with the consumerism brought about by capitalist reforms.
Recognizing the depth and diversity of Chinas post-1978 art scene, Charles Mason, then Curator of Asian Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, began in the late 1990s to expand the Allens collection of Chinese art into the present. The AMAM continues to foster its holdings of contemporary Chinese art, which include the paintings featured in Culture Revolution.
Wang Guangyis Great Criticism series was inspired by the propaganda paintings of the Cultural Revolution. Guangyi cross-breeds political propaganda with the language and styles of American Pop art and commercial advertising. The message of the Mao-era paintings is ironically replaced with the promise of happiness through capitalist consumption.
After immigrating to the United States in 1984, Hung Liu took advantage of her newfound freedom to take on topics such as political persecution and hungerwhich her family experienced firsthandin her native China. She renders these subjects timeless by combining traditional Chinese symbols such as birds, butterflies and fish with images from old photographs and finally overlays her compositions with washes and drips that dissolve the picture. Like Wang Guangyi, Liu unites past and present by mixing opposing styles and icons. Examining their national and artistic identities in the wake of the Cultural Revolution, these artists reflect the push and pull of conflicting tendencies as they continue to experience Chinas revolutionary shifts.
October 19, 2010
More than a Century After He Visited Madrid's Prado Museum, Pierre-Auguste Renoir Returns
Google Partners with Israel Antiquities Authority to Bring Dead Sea Scrolls Online
Five New Paintings by Cy Twombly to Inaugurate Gagosian's New Paris Gallery
Egypt's Top Archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, Shows Off New Tomb that Belonged to Rudj-ka
Photographers and Researchers will Examine Images of the Mexican Revolution
Chairs from Taunton Castle, Somerset, Used During the Bloody Assizes to Sell at Bonhams
Preview Berlin, The Emerging Art Fair, Breaks Visitor Records in Its 6th Edition
Fifty Auctions Later, Los Angeles Modern Auctions is Still Going Strong, Sale Totals $1.55 Million
Sotheby's New York to Offer Property from the Collection of the Late Clarence Day
Contemporary Chinese Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum on View at the Akron Art Museum
Forget the Canvas: That's the Message of David Hockney's New Paris Exhibition
New Online Resource Debuts for Nazi-Era Looted Art, Estimates Half of Objects Not Yet Returned
Archaeologists in Egypt Uncover Nearly 4,500-Year-Old Tomb of a Pharaonic Priest
Bellevue Arts Museum Appoints Marsha Wolf Director of Development
A Fixture of South Florida's Contemporary Art Scene, Art Palm Beach Returns in January
American & European Furniture & Decorative Arts at Bonhams & Butterfields on November 1st
National Gallery Acquires Nine Exceptionally Rare Prints by Rembrandt, Durer and Whistler
Never-Before-Seen Works at the Art Gallery of Ontario Reveal a Darker Side to Henry Moore
New Evidence Found for Flour in Stone-Age Diet
Mary Kelly: Four Works in Dialogue 1973-2010 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm
'Who will Dare' to Buy the Rarest Movie Poster in the World? The Bride of Frankenstein Poster for Sale
Kimbell Art Museum Commences Construction on Piano-Designed Building
Innovative Furniture by American Designer Charles Rohlfs Displayed at Metropolitan Museum
Pictures by Grandmother Who Picked Up Paintbrush in Her Sixties Offered at Bonhams
Japanese Dragons with Long Serpentine and Undulating Body Breathe Fire Into Bonhams Sale
Buckingham Palace Experiences Record Number of Visitors in 2010, Highest in 16 Years
Over 200 Cultural Heritage Sites at Risk: Study
Georgia Museum of Art at UGA Wins SEMC Exhibition Award of Excellence and Eight Publication Awards
Aperture Appoints Chris Boot as New Executive Director
Fans Mourn Closing of Liberace Museum in Las Vegas
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Pissarro painting seized in WW II turns up in exhibition at the Marmottan Museum
2.- First comprehensive retrospective of Mark Tobey's work in Italy opens in Venice
3.- Apple-1 still tops the list of most-wanted tech collectibles
4.- Desire, love, identity: British Museum explores LGBTQ histories
5.- Exhibition focuses on the Nazi period and the acquisitions made during those years
6.- Tate Modern opens the UK's first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years
7.- MFA Boston reaches agreement with estate to retain 18th century porcelain
8.- Anish Kapoor's Descension installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park
9.- United States pavilion opens with Mark Bradford's "Tomorrow Is Another Day"
10.- Venice's 57th International Art Exhibition is a tonic for global woes
Akron Art Museum announces major gift of Paul Stankard glass
Akron Art Museum Announces Re-Accreditation by the American Association of Museums
Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore at the Akron Art Museum
Audio-Visual Experience of the North Pole to Open at the Akron Art Museum
Akron Art Museum Acquires Two New Artworks from Pattern ID Exhibition
Looking for the American Dream: Andrew Borowiec's Ohio Photographs
Artists Fashion their Global Identities at the Akron Art Museum
Akron Art Museum Names Jon T. Trainor New Director of Development
The Akron Art Museum Presents Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collections
Hattie's Café Express Now Open at the Akron Art Museum
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.