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Review | Chen Zhen’s Retrospective in His Native Shanghai

Amy Qin reviews Chen Zhen: Without going to New York and Paris, life could be internationalized. On now at the Rockbund Museum of Art, this is only the second solo exhibition of the artist’s work in his hometown of Shanghai, while he has received over 30 solo presentations elsewhere. Chen left Shanghai in his twenties when he found out that he had a rare form of anemia that could potentially claim his life at any time.  Despite building a career for himself outside of China, his work still largely influenced contemporary Chinese artistic dialogues and resonates strongly within the arts community there. This exhibition is considered long overdue, and is a true homage to Chen, both as an artist and on a personal level.  Curator Hou Hanru worked closely with Chen’s widow to carefully select a survey of works that deeply reflected his interests - from concerns with urban development to Eastern medical practices. His own long battle with illness informed exploration into the ‘body’ and the ‘self’.  One of the most powerful displays in the exhibition features passages from his diary in which Chen writes: “Today I was thinking about how maybe the people in the art crowd are sick somehow, or crazy…But we have to be crazy or psychotic. The sick ones often have the clearest minds.” On view until 7 October.

via the International New York Times

Preview | Will Tate Sensorium Change the Way We Experience Art?

Mark Brown visited the Tate Sensorium, which opened today at Tate Britain, in order to give readers a taste (or sight or sound or smell) of what to expect from an experience that promises to offer up an entirely new experience for taking in art. The sensorium is the creative studio Flying Object’s winning project from the 2015 IK Prize, an annual competition rewarding ideas which use technology to enable the public to experience the Tate collection in new ways. Flying Object assembled a team of experts on all of the different senses to conjure up ways in which the public could interact with an artwork with more than one sense.  They selected four works from the collection:  Interior II by Richard Hamilton; Full Stop by John Latham; In the Hold by David Bomberg; and Figure in a Landscape by Francis Bacon.  Each one has been paired with external sensory stimuli, such as tasting chocolate, that will hopefully enhance their experience and conjure up personal connections with the image in front of them. It is stressed that the project is not meant to assume that people are not capable of interpreting paintings otherwise, but is meant to be fresh and engaging.  Tickets will be free and offered on a first con-first serve basis until 20 September.

via The Guardian

News | Julian Barnes to Try His Hand at Curating

Julian Barnes has been nominated for the Man Booker prize four times and won it once.  He has a writing career to rival the best, and now, Charlotte Higgins reports, Barnes will be taking on the role of curator as he is in the early stages of organising an exhibition of works by the late 19th-century Swiss painter Félix Vallotton for the Royal Academy of Arts. Barnes spoke of his love for the artist’s work, which he says depict “the paradoxes, the hidden violence, and the ambiguities of the emotional life”. The exhibition, which is scheduled for 2019, will be the largest display of works by Vallotton in this country.  While he is very well represented in collections in Switzerland and France, Tate Britain houses the only work by the artist in a UK collection. While he has acknowledged that Vallotton’s work “ranges from high quality to fierce awfulness”, among them nudes he described as “hulking zeppelins of female flesh”, he will, he said, choose only the very best quality works for the exhibition.

via The Guardian

Why so many kids are near-sighted-Shanghai Daily

TOO much school work, TV and digital gadgets can cause squinting and near-sighted children. Giving tiny kids iPads with Tang poems and fairy tales is bad for them too. Zhang Qian takes an up-close look at the problem. For children who haven’t been chained to schoolwork, it’s been a summer of watching TV, playing video…

Why so many kids are near-sighted-Shanghai Daily was originally published on YOWATA

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“Very well; then let us go to the steamer, young man!” Mr. Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout passed through the lobby of the theatre to the outside, where they encountered the Honourable Mr. Batulcar, furious with rage.  

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“Very well; then let us go to the steamer, young man!” Mr. Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout passed through the lobby of the theatre to the outside, where they encountered the Honourable Mr. Batulcar, furious with rage.  He demanded damages for the “breakage” of the pyramid; and Phileas Fogg appeased him by giving him a handful of banknotes. At half-past six, the very hour of departure, Mr. Fogg and Aouda, followed by Passepartout, who in his hurry had retained his wings, and nose six feet long, stepped upon the American steamer. What happened when the pilot-boat came in sight of Shanghai will be easily guessed. 

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