Over the last few months a few of us education and tech nerds have been sitting around in meetings doing what we do best...making semi-funny jokes for our own amusement. Just kidding. But seriously, we have been sitting in meetings; doing what we do second best and that is developing new experiences for you guys to have while you are visiting.
The Denver Art Museum is the only world-wide destination for Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting
, on view through January 29. One of the first Chinese artists to study in Europe, Xu advocated for the integration of Western techniques with traditional styles in order to modernize Chinese painting. You can view a wide selection of his artwork from early landscape paintings and drawings, created during his studies in Europe, to portraits of political leaders including Mao Zedong and Mahatma Gandhi and his iconic horse paintings.
Artist Yunn Pann answered some questions about her process ahead of her Demo & Do visits at the Denver Art Museum in December 2010 and January 2011. Read on to find out what Yunn has to say about inspiration, teaching, and her craft.
Denver Art Museum:
What is it about the materials/process you use when creating your large-format calligraphy images that intrigues you?
I started practicing Chinese calligraphy when I was little with my dad holding my hands.
Last week, we installed a red dinosaur named Made in China
in the atrium. You could say it is as subtle as a Sichuan dish.
Here is its label copy: Sui Jianguo finds inspiration from tiny toy dinosaurs mass-produced in China. The artist transforms these cheap, plastic objects into a monumental work of art. The phrase “Made in China” featured prominently on the dinosaur’s stomach is well-known. In fact, “Made in China” is more recognizable than any Chinese brand name.
The Denver Art Museum is excited to welcome our new neighbor, the Clyfford Still Museum, to the neighborhood. Still was basically an art-world recluse who moved with his family from New York to Maryland in the 1950s. Even though he was away from the art world, he continued to work prolifically. If you're interested in learning more about the artist, I included a brief biography at the end from the museum's website.
Still kept 94 percent of his output and stored it at his house in Maryland until his death in 1980.