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“Good Morning Damian Shan”
“The overall winner, and open award winner, in the nature/landscape category, is a shot of the Li River in Guangxi province, China. All photographs courtesy the Epson International Panoramic Photography awards.
Photograph: Jesús M. García

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Meanwhile, in China...



The Liuzhou Forest City, being built in southern China, is designed to help tackle the country’s ongoing air pollution crisis. The foliage is expected to absorb 57 tonnes of airborne pollutants, and produce around 900 tonnes of oxygen every year.

A great new example of the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) movement. Check it out!


Nice, Côte d'Azur, France, November 2015

This was our second trip to Nice this year (our first trip in Feb/March can be found here if you are interested). We revisited many of our favourite places, so this time I am showing our visit to the Asian Arts Museum and Phoenix Park, both in a nicely redeveloped area near the airport.

Click the image above if you would like to see this visit, otherwise if you would like to skip the photoblog then (as usual) click the chevrons (>>) below to move on to my next “normal” post.



“The Gotheborg”, an acrylic painting by the Canadian artist Neil Hamelin, who writes:


Another one gratefully snaffled from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst (Jerry).





A very nice blog from Dom, in which she gives her "random thoughts on beauty, dining, travel and living in the PRC". Thanks, Catcaley (click her tag above to see much other good stuff that she has sent my way).



Another fine landscape painting by Jian Chongmin (Jian Chong Min) - see also my earlier post on this artist here


"The Longshuba rice terraces at sunset at Yuanyang in Yunnan, China" by Dave Stamboulis, a photographer whose other work is well worth checking out





From the page:

My work and my method of thinking have been my search for the living word.
-Xu Bing

A reflection on language and the nature of writing has been at the core of Xu Bing's art since the beginning of his career in China during the mid-1980s. It is therefore particularly fitting that the Morgan, a library as well as a museum, should present his spectacular installation, The Living Word, a poetic evocation of the relationship between the written word and its meaning.

"In The Living Word," Xu Bing explained, "the dictionary definition of niao (bird) is written on the gallery floor in the simplified text created by Mao. The niao characters then break away from the confines of the literal definition and take flight through the installation space. As they rise into the air, the characters gradually change from the simplified text to standardized Chinese text and finally to the ancient Chinese pictograph for 'bird.' The characters are rainbow colored to create a magical, fairy-tale quality."

The elegance of the shimmering characters that gradually metamorphose into birds as they ascend masks the subversive nature of the work. While the modern, simplified Chinese characters are fixed to the floor, their form and meaning set, earlier forms of scripts embody an increasing sense of freedom as one moves back in time, from traditional calligraphy to the original pictographs based on images of nature. Xu Bing said that he chose the bird to suggest "escaping the confines of human written definition."

The title of the installation points to the Buddhist inspiration that informs Xu Bing's work. "Buddhists believe," the artist wrote, "that 'if you look for harmony in the living word, then you will be able to reach Buddha; if you look for harmony in lifeless sentences, you will be unable to save yourself.' . . . My work and my method of thinking have been my search for the living word."


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Thanks to gladsdotter (Jane) and anitab (Ani) for this one!



"QiQi by the Door"


"The Cellist"

Nice work by the modern Chinese painter Zhao Kailin - thanks, Catcaley!


"Reflection"


"Fan"

Some beautiful work by Hu Jundi


From this page:

Hu Jundi was born in 1962 in Juilin Province, China. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1984. Hu's work has been exhibited and collected in China and other Asian countries as well as in Europe and America.

His work is different from the oil paintings that we often see. His brilliance is in the harmonious blend of traditional Chinese brushwork with the unmatched depth of oils. His paintings are completely Chinese, with colors of the Sichuan environment...

He paints elegant, serene and beautiful Sichuan women. The attire is classical Sichuan Chinese, but there is an appeal that goes beyond...

More...


Thanks to endtimes for introducing me to this artist.



If you like this...

[The work of Feng Chang Jiang]



"Chinese Landscape", painted by our very own Eftychia



Extraordinarily graceful and beautiful paintings by the contemporary Chinese artist Feng Chang Jiang

Artist found in the wonderful art collection of artisthaven - many thanks!




Waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China




Yangshuo Sunrise, Guangxi




Shigu Town, Yunnan




Traditional clothing & modern communication, Zhongdian Horse Festival

Wonderful photos of China by Gil Azouri