Archive | May, 2010

Stella Zhang @ Chinese Cultural Center

The personal, sexual, and bodily evocations of Stella Zhang prove that in some quarters of San Francisco, a woman’s sexuality can still be a potent and contentious statement. Lia Wilson reports on what made CCC’s administrators so nervous on opening night.

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William Eggleston @ Krowswork

Peter Schjeldahl named Eggleston “one of the great Romantic originals of camerawork.” His sole video effort, “Stranded in Canton”, was shot with a Sony Portapak, and the result, is a manic home movie that mixes distance and drunken intimacy in equal parts.

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Hung Liu @ Rena Bransten

Unike the elegiac, rivulet-stained oil paintings of 19th century and pre-Revolutionary women that, for decades, Hung Liu has been painting from period photos, her latest series, “Drawings from Life and Death” carries a different kind of load: the weight of mortality

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Ai Weiwei @ Haines

Is Ai Weiwei the plucky, disciplined Horatio Alger of the art world or its lucky, virtuous Oliver Twist?? Despite a harrowing life story that surpasses even Charles Dickens’ novels for melodramatic reversals of fate, Ai now enjoys global art world celebrity

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