Sunday, July 27, 2008

China Now

With the Olympic Games being held in China and its current economic boom there is a huge amount of interest in China at the moment. Whilst there is a wealth of information on the country's history most people know little of its current artistic environment, this exhibition begins to redress the balance.
Much has been made of the architectural wonders of the Olympic Stadiums such as the 'Birds Nest' National Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron but there is little clue as to how much use the ordinary Chinese people will get from this building when the Olympics are over.
This poster Mei 'Beauty' by Han Jiaying beautifully marries the ancient art of calligraphy with modern digital graphics. The hand of man working in harmony with 21st century technology is perhaps a worthy goal for this fast developing nation who must overcome vast problems with pollution as they grapple with the realities of a consumer based economy.

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