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I found another image from the exhibit "Beauty Revealed, Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Painting" - quite a lovely one from the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive blog:Zhang Zhen (active early 18th) century: Lady at a Window ...
I found another image from the exhibit "Beauty Revealed, Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Painting" - quite a lovely one from the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive blog:Zhang Zhen (active early 18th) century: Lady at a Window with Two Cats, China, early 18th century; hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk; 56 ? x 25 in.; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: gift of James Cahill. Photo: Sibila Savage.http://www.examiner.com/article/beauty-revealed-images-of-women-qing-dynasty-painting
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Yesterday I reviewed Chinese "courtesans" via paintings at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) and tomorrow (or the day after), I will be looking at Redon's drawings for Flaubert's "Temptation of St. Anthony." It's q...
Yesterday I reviewed Chinese "courtesans" via paintings at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) and tomorrow (or the day after), I will be looking at Redon's drawings for Flaubert's "Temptation of St. Anthony." It's quite a vistual journet from sedate Chinese maidens for sale to Redon's "noirs" celebrationg one of Flaubert's wilder and unreadable forays into the dark side of the imagination. I have to say that in terms of confusion and misdirection, the shuttle from Caltrans to the Stanford Campus has Berkeley beat hands down. I am not sure where I ended up but it was a long way from the museum. This happens every time - you would think that I had it figured out by now. (DUH!) But what a beautiful campus! I love the museum there too - it's just just the right size. The entrance way with that double staircase, mosaic floor and marble walls always makes me feel like I've stepped back to a more elegant time. The Rodin gates are magnificent, so magnificent that I can forgive the orange De Suevero that's polluting the view on the other side of the building. Actually I try to ignore it in the hopes that it will go away. Soon.
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Reviews on the two shows at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: "Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Painting," and "Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India." http://www.examiner.com/article/...
Reviews on the two shows at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: "Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Painting," and "Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India." http://www.examiner.com/article/beauty-revealed-images-of-women-qing-dynasty-paintingAddendum to the reviews: Another downside of the show at the Berkeley Art Museum - in fact, all their shows, is the lack of images on their website AND the steely eyed monitoring of the galleries by the student guards. The kids are nice but no photos, no way, no how. I found some images on other websites but little that's usable. Ditto for the exuberant, vital images of the deities and demons from Northern India and the Himalayan kingdoms. The tepid image on the press release doesn't do justice to the vibrant sculptures and Tibetan Thangkas.The other problem with exhibits at this museum is how inaccessible it is. If you are young and/or have the stamina, you can walk from Berkeley Bart. It's about a 30 - 40 minutes, uphill and on a hot day, very difficult if you have asthma (which I do have). There are 2 buses that go by the museum: the F which comes by every hour (more or less) and the 52 which comes by more often but has a cleverly hidden bus stop and no schedule information that I could find. Bus drivers may be friendly (or not) but most do not know where the museum is. So, since I live in SF, it's 3 buses to the museum - Muni to Bart, Bart to downtown Berkeley and another bus to the museum. If I am lucky, I can do it in an hour; if not, it can take up to 2 hours. Parking is non-existent. I will be so glad when the new museum is finished. It's right around the corner from the downtown Berkeley BART station and will allow me to do a lot more in Berkeley.
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