August 29, 1989 |
All of the American and Western European groups that once planned to perform at the second China Arts Festival, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, have canceled, sources confirmed on Monday. The Joffrey Ballet of Los Angeles and New York had been at the top of the list of international performers invited to China for the festival, but was among the first to cancel after the army put a violent end to student demonstrations in Beijing on June 4.
July 31, 1989 |
The city is eerily quiet these hot summer evenings. With martial law still in effect, young soldiers stand at attention, guns in hand, throughout the city. On the few occasions they speak, it is to tell someone to move along. Television runs hours and hours of Communist Party meetings--rows of men in blue Mao suits, sitting with their lidded cups of tea, making long speeches in praise of their leaders.
September 8, 1987 |
The gulf between the sophisticated nuances of Chinese "literati" painting and the stuff that decorates plastic place mats at your favorite moo shu pork eatery is not as great as you may think. These days, Chinese artists in Taiwan and the United States--and, increasingly, painters working in the People's Republic--are melding traditional styles with odd remnants of Western art.
May 2, 2013 |
Art gallery or hotel? Mandarin Oriental has just opened its eighth property in China, this one in Shanghai, and the hotel houses 4,000 original artworks. The art collection at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai , can be seen throughout the hotel, where it hangs in public spaces and guestrooms. The debut last week drew well-known Chinese artists as well as faculty from the Fine Arts College at Shanghai University, who praised the hotel. “It provides a stunning backdrop to showcase some of China's most exciting artworks,” said Li Xiao Feng of Shanghai University. The 362-room hotel, on the east bank of the Huangpu River in the Lujiazui financial district, has six restaurants and bars, a spa, indoor pool and fitness center.
December 8, 1985 |
China's anti-crime drive has reached beyond the moat of Peking's ancient Forbidden City with the installation of sophisticated security devices to protect the treasures of the country's rich Imperial past. Since the Communist takeover in 1949, three burglars, one a Kung Fu expert, have managed to grab items from the vast former home of Chinese emperors, now a museum housing 200,000 precious relics from pre-revolutionary days.
December 12, 1989 |
A Tokyo art dealer paid $5.9 million today for an 8th-Century porcelain horse, a record price for Chinese art, Sotheby's auctioneers said. The price for the Tang Dynasty horse, stolen and chipped by thieves last month, was three times higher than Sotheby's estimate and twice the previous record for Chinese art, an auction house spokesman said. The buyer was identified only as Mr. Shimojo of Shimojo's art dealers in Tokyo.