20th century modernism

Behold! You now
Are in the season of your bloom:
I love your waxen face,
I love your leaden mouth!
—  Bian Zhilin (卞之琳), from “A Demon’s Serenade", The Flowering of Modern Chinese Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from the Republican Period, tr. Herbert Batt and Sheldon Zitner
Peach blossoms bloom in your cheek,
And I savour, keener still,
Your alluring charm, I drink
Your laughter, flashing like pearls.
Don’t you feel my arm
Urgently seeking your waist,
My breath on your body,
Like a swarm of fireflies immolating themselves in flame?
—  Xu Zhimo (徐志摩), from “The Rebirth of Spring”, The Flowering of Modern Chinese Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from the Republican Period, tr. Herbert Batt and Sheldon Zittner
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Zhao Shao'ang (Shaoang, Shao-Ang, 趙少昂) (1905-98, China)

Bird-and-flower paintings 2

Zhao Shao'ang was a Chinese artist and exemplar of the landscape, and bird-and-flower painting traditions, as well as a noted painter of cicada. His style is that of the Lingnan School, which formed the basis for the modernisation of 20th century Chinese art.

Artist Tina Barney said of August Sander’s photographs, “The hands in all the pictures. That’s one of my great loves: the hands. Did he see that and go back and do it again, which is something that I and many photographers, I have learned, do? The selection process. How many did he take at that moment?” A portfolio from August Sander’s iconic People of the Twentieth Century series that includes these works is on view in our lobby through October 30.