What’s happening in Shanghai, China. Previous book was The Great Gatsby.

What’s happening in Shanghai, China. Previous book was The Great Gatsby.

Beyond Contemporary: Fifty-Year Artist Vision of Jian Guo Xu Exhibition at the National Museum of China (in Beijing). October 2013. Xuartspace curated exhibition. US Ambassador to China opened the exhibition. www.xuartspace.com

Premiering on October 18th at the National Museum of China- Chinese-American artist Jian Guo Xu’s new Tri-Media Masterpiece- The Harmony “大同图“. An imagined dialog between the great symbols of Eastern and Western philosophers Lao zi and Plato. This concept is expressed in traditional two-dimensional form, in multi-medium format, and in installation.
Solo exhibition runs between Oct 18-29th at the National Museum of China in BJ TianAnMen square.
more about the artist at www.jianguoxu.com or www.xuartspace.com

Premiering on October 18th at the National Museum of China- Chinese-American artist Jian Guo Xu’s new Tri-Media Masterpiece- The Harmony “大同图“. An imagined dialog between the great symbols of Eastern and Western philosophers Lao zi and Plato. This concept is expressed in traditional two-dimensional form, in multi-medium format, and in installation.

Solo exhibition runs between Oct 18-29th at the National Museum of China in BJ TianAnMen square.

more about the artist at www.jianguoxu.com or www.xuartspace.com

Challenging concepts of Contemporary and Classical— Upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of China of artist Jian Guo Xu will show case his groundbreaking sumi ink paintings done on custom made silk.

Stay tuned on www.jianguoxu.com

Sougez, Emmanuel: Still life with bottle. 1940-45. Gelatin Silver Print. 
The beauty of simple things distilled in through the lens. The richness of black and white palette on film is still unmatched by digital prints.

Sougez, Emmanuel: Still life with bottle. 1940-45. Gelatin Silver Print.

The beauty of simple things distilled in through the lens. The richness of black and white palette on film is still unmatched by digital prints.

1630 Map of China by Blaeu

1630 Map of China by Blaeu

Illustrations from Cook’s voyage to the South Seas 1768-1771

BORBONE “Portrait of Gabrielle de Bourbon” Painting. The portrait depicts Gabrielle de la Bourbon (1460-1516). Gabrielle de Bourbon, the daughter of Louis I, Count of Montpensier (1405-1486) and direct descendant of Saint Louis (1214-1270) is of great interest to today’s historians due to the unusually vast amount of archival material available on her life; who she was, what she did and what she aspired to achieve. She was considered a “…fine type of cultured Frenchwoman in austere Renaissance days, before the Italian wars had introduced into French chateaux Italian luxury and freedom.” She was in the center of the French political arena and raised as a descendant of King Stain Louis, she was well cultured and aware of her responsibilities as nobility. She was a generous patron and was particularly interested in literature, and “…was even the author of treatises, the solemn tenor of which is betokened by such titles as le Chasteua de Sainct Esprit, I’Instruction de Jeunes Filles, and la Viateur.”

Rare photo of a female samarui. Turn of the century photograph, probably albumen

Rare photo of a female samarui. Turn of the century photograph, probably albumen

French engravings- 1723. The exotic Indians- portrayed as the noble savage to the corruption of civilization. One of the central themes of enlightenment period.