Thursday, December 22, 2011

Denver Art Museum Special Exhibits: Xu Beihong, Robert Adams, Threads of Heaven

We were so fortunate to visit the Denver Art Museum (DAM) when we did. There were three special exhibitions showing at the time. I had not heard of Xu Beihong before last week, but Paige was familiar with him and knew that the Xu Beihong exhibition was going to be something special. 

Xu Beihong (1895-1953) is known as the father of Chinese modern painting. This Master of Chinese Fine Arts travelled from China to Europe and then returned home, incorporating Western ideas and methods into his work. He was a highly influential fine arts leader and teacher in China.

The Xu Beihong movie and exhibit were fantastic. No photos were allowed, but I was able to get pictures of a few of his paintings from Wikimedia: Xu Beihong [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 

The photos don't do justice to his use of color, but they give a glimpse of his ability. The Xu Beihong exhibit shows exclusively in Denver, and leaves the city to return to China. It will not be shown at any other museum in the U.S.

Portrait of a Young Lady, 1940

Chen Sanyuan, famous Chinese poet

Tian Heng's 500 Heroes. 

Portrait, 1936 (His wife)

Portrait of Ms. Jenny, 1939

The Threads of Heaven showcased over one hundred Chinese textile pieces and costumes. Some were hundreds of years old. Paige was really impressed. The colors and designs were fabulous. Photos weren't allowed.

From the Denver Art Museum website regarding the Robert Adams retrospective:

This important retrospective, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, offers a comprehensive look at the work of a 20th century master who challenges conventional ideas of landscape photography by looking at damaged, marginal and overfamiliar places as well as places of quiet and seemingly untouched beauty. Born in 1937, Adams grew up in suburban Denver and lived and worked on Colorado’s Front Range until moving to Oregon in 1997. Adams is among the most prominent and influential photographers of his generation.

Here's my favorite art student reading up before entering the room. 
Adams' photos seemed to focus on the erosion of beauty by man's hands. There were many before and after (destruction) scenes of trees, homes and natural habitats.

Visits and Verse will be on hiatus until after the New Year. 

To all visitors of Visits and Verse: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Many blessings  to you and your loved ones, and may each of you be a blessing to many.


Susan said...

I love reading your blog. Merry Christmas!

Lori Lipsky said...

I'm so glad you enjoy it! Thanks for those encouraging words. Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family, Susan!

The Prude said...

Xu Beihong was incredible. I especially love the one of the famous poet, and the one of his tiny little wife.
Enjoy your hiatus with your wonderful family.
Looking forward to visiting with you again in 2012!

Lori Lipsky said...

The poet portrait is probably my favorite, too.

Thank you, Prude...I'll see you here and over at theprudedisapproves.com in 2012.

Robin J. Steinweg said...

Thanks, Lori--the painting of the 1940 young lady leaves me wondering what hopes and dreams were in her heart--and eyes! I'm glad you were there so you could share it with your readers!

Happy New Year!

Crafty Green Poet said...

looks like some excellent exhibitions!

Lori Lipsky said...

Yes, Crafty Green Poet, they were wonderful.

Dark Heart 2011 said...

Happy new year 2012,

I wish this is the best year for all of us and all the dreams or planning we've built, can be realized in this year.

(Do not forget to come back to my blog ya)