Sunday, September 20, 2009

Contemporary Art, Shanghai style

The big Contemporary Art Show I attended in Shanghai last week was quite an event. It was held in the big Shanghai Exhibition Center at 1000 Yan'an Zhong Lu — what an amazing facility! The Russian style architecture is beautiful, and it has all these huge open halls. I really loved the feel as soon as I walked in.

But the facility was soon overshadowed by the art hanging on its walls. I saw lots of great pieces from a wide variety of countries. I loved the anime-style Sun Wukong paintings, and was very impressed by images of cyborgs presented by a team of Japanese artists. There were all sorts of solid, well-constructed pieces that carried some real weight. Some of the pieces had clear political messages, while others were a little harder to decipher.

I was fortunate to attend the event with a painter friend. He explained the techniques used in many of the pieces, and it iwas a real joy to appreciate the art with the advantage of his expertise. I will look forward to next year's event.

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