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December 19, 2023 – Arts Etc.

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Source: International Examiner

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“Capturing the Cambodian Spirit” is the title of a show of work by Cambodian American artists Vuttha Oum and Tony Keo (Racbana) Phuong. Now on view through January 24, 2024. Asia Pacific Cultural Center (AAPC). 3513 East Portland Ave. in Tacoma.253-383-3900 or info@asiapacificculturalcenter.org.

The Jack Straw Atrium Gallery presents Larger Than Life” by Cheryll Leo-Gwin now through December 29, 2023. This piece is a series of oversized prints based on oral histories the artist recorded from Chinese women who survived turbulent times in the US and China. Accompanying the exhibition is the release of “Buried Alive”, a pilot podcast produced by StoryBoards NW and Jack Straw Cultural Center which follows the journey of the MISTY School of Poets in China, who at great peril held underground salons for artists and writers during China’s Cultural Revolution. “now you are there when this happened” is the title of an interactive audio-visual installation that deals with the poetics and uncertainty of memory as conceived by Wei Yang and Murphy Janssen. On view through December 8,  2023. Call 206-634-0919 or email jsp@jackstraw.org to schedule a visit or to find out when an educational workshop is planned. 4261 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle’s University District.

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Inheritor innovates to keep Chinese textile art relevant

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A young inheritor of Chinese textile art is breathing new life into the intangible cultural heritage in Southwest China’s Chongqing.

Chinese linen, or xiabu — literally “cloth for summer” — is a traditional handmade textile made from China grass, also known as ramie. Being hailed as the “king of natural fibers”, the linen is comfortable, durable and easy to wash. It’s also delicate, yet not as fragile as silk.

A variety of xiabu was developed in what is now Chongqing’s Rongchang district during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Royals and nobility during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) liked wearing the linen during the summer months. It was one of the first products to be exported from the region in the 20th century, with an annual output of around 700,000 bolts.

According to the district’s commission of commerce, it now exports about 3 million bolts of xiabu annually overseas, of which 40 percent is sold to South Korea. Over the past three years, 13 xiabu manufacturing companies in Rongchang have exported goods worth more than 50 billion yuan ($6.93 billion).

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Asian Artists to Watch 2024: Din Art

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Each year, we identify the Asian artists on the rise, shining a light on the exciting and provocative works enriching the region’s artistic and cultural landscape. Cambodian artist Din Art shares his story.

Borin Teang, known as Din Art in the art world, is one of Cambodia’s leading contemporary abstract artists, a visionary who transforms ancient and mystical apsara dancers into modern and vibrant masterpieces. His paintings and sketches are a fusion of tradition and innovation, culture and creativity, beauty and grace.

Read more: https://www.prestigeonline.com/kh/lifestyle/asian-artists-to-watch-2024-din-art/

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Collectors return to Asia’s biggest art fair despite cooling market

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Picture Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and George W. Bush as 7-year-olds. Now set them on a playground.

What would they talk about? Would they take turns to slide? Would the world be in a better place?

It’s a thought-provoking exercise — one generated by Beijing-born artist Lí Wei’s eerie, hyperreal sculptures of six world leaders, on show this week at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/29/style/hong-kong-art-basel-collectors-intl-hnk/index.html

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