Western Art – Russell Chatham http://russellchatham.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:06:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://russellchatham.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Western Art – Russell Chatham http://russellchatham.com/ 32 32 Nirvana Nevermind Baby Files Child Pornography Complaint Again After Dismissal https://russellchatham.com/nirvana-nevermind-baby-files-child-pornography-complaint-again-after-dismissal/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:06:39 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/nirvana-nevermind-baby-files-child-pornography-complaint-again-after-dismissal/ Spencer Elden, the now 30-year-old who was photographed when he was just four months old for Nirvana’s iconic 1990 album cover, It does not matter, filed a new lawsuit against the surviving members of the group and several other related parties after a judge dismissed the initial lawsuit on January 3. After Elden’s legal team […]]]>

Spencer Elden, the now 30-year-old who was photographed when he was just four months old for Nirvana’s iconic 1990 album cover, It does not matter, filed a new lawsuit against the surviving members of the group and several other related parties after a judge dismissed the initial lawsuit on January 3.

After Elden’s legal team did not respond to Nirvana’s motion to dismiss by the December 30 deadline, Judge Fernando M. Olguin dismissed the case. But the ruling said Elden could still file a second amended complaint by Jan. 13, and he did so just in time.

Elden filed the original lawsuit in August, saying neither he nor his legal guardians consented to the photo; that the band broke their promise to cover his penis with a sticker; that he was sexually exploited; and that he suffered lifelong damage because of the image. He is asking for at least $150,000 from each of the defendants named in his lawsuit, which would total a minimum of $2,550,000. Additionally, Elden is seeking legal fees and an injunction, which would prevent his penis from appearing on any future album cover pressings (although the ability for Elden to prevent the photo from gracing the packaging of the super-duper-extra-special deluxe 30th anniversary reissue has passed – it was released on November 12).

An amendment to the lawsuit filed in November dropped former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing (who left Nirvana in 1990 more than a year before It does not matterde), Warner Music, and Heather Parry and Guy Oseary (former managers of the Cobain estate) as defendants. But the amendment also presented additional allegations and context intended to prove that the group had always intended the image to be sexual in nature.

The other defendants – UMG Recordings, Inc., Nirvana LLC, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love (as executor of Kurt Cobain’s estate), Nirvana members Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and album photographer Kirk Weddle – filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. on December 22 in a California court.

In the new file, according to rolling stone, Elden dropped sex trafficking claim “after Nirvana’s attorneys argued that Elden’s alleged trafficking took place before lawmakers allowed victims to sue under federal trafficking law child sex”. But Elden dug into his other claims, saying the band and related parties “intentionally marketed child pornography depicting Spencer and leveraged the lascivious nature of his image to promote the It does not matter Nirvana’s album, band and music, while earning, at minimum, tens of millions of dollars in total. The new file also includes a statement from Robert Fisher, artistic director of the It does not matter cover, which claims that an initial mockup did not show the baby’s genitals, but those involved deliberately decided to take the final photo in a more provocative and sexual direction.

In the motion to dismiss previously filed by Nirvana’s attorneys, they stated:

“The baby in the photo is now a 30-year-old male complainant, Spencer Elden. Elden has spent three decades enjoying his stardom as the self-proclaimed “Nirvana Baby.” He re-enacted the photograph in return for a royalty, on several occasions; he has the album title ‘Nevermind’ tattooed on his chest; he appeared on a talk show wearing a self-parodying nude-colored onesie; he has autographed copies of the album cover for sale on eBay; and he used the connection to try to pick up women.

The parties also argued that the photo does not constitute child pornography as it is not “associated with other circumstances which render the visual depiction lascivious or sexually provocative”. Instead, the motion argues that the photograph “evokes themes of greed, innocence, and the cherub motif in Western art.”

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Aras Amiri has returned to the UK after being imprisoned in Iran https://russellchatham.com/aras-amiri-has-returned-to-the-uk-after-being-imprisoned-in-iran/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:12:38 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/aras-amiri-has-returned-to-the-uk-after-being-imprisoned-in-iran/ LONDON – A British cultural organization said Wednesday that one of its employees from Iran had been acquitted of espionage charges by that country’s Supreme Court and was back in Britain after spending more than three years in prison. While visiting her grandmother in Iran, the woman, Aras Amiri, was arrested in March 2018 along […]]]>

LONDON – A British cultural organization said Wednesday that one of its employees from Iran had been acquitted of espionage charges by that country’s Supreme Court and was back in Britain after spending more than three years in prison.

While visiting her grandmother in Iran, the woman, Aras Amiri, was arrested in March 2018 along with other Iranians with links to the British, in what was seen as an attempt by authorities to shoot part of an old dispute with Great Britain for more than 400 dollars. million undelivered weapons.

Ms. Amiri, an art student employed for five years by the British Council to animate “greater appreciation of Iranian culture in the UK. is an Iranian citizen who lived in Britain for around 10 years before being detained. Iran’s Supreme Court acquitted her in August, the council said, and she returned to Britain this week after the travel ban associated with her initial detention was lifted.

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Ms. Amiri’s acquittal underscores the Iranian authorities’ frequent targeting of citizens with dual nationality and Iranian citizens with ties to the West, often using their cases as diplomatic bargaining chips or to press for the release of Iranian prisoners abroad.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison in April 2019, a sentence that was handed out on Iranian state-funded television before she or her lawyer were told, according to a letter Ms Amiri wrote. in June 2019 from prison, which his cousin, Mohsen Omrani, sent at the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based advocacy group.

According to the same letter to Iranian justice chief Ebrahim Raisi, Ms Amiri said she had been imprisoned because of her association with the British Council and had refused an ‘explicit invitation’ to spy for the ministry. Iranian Intelligence.

“We have always refuted the original charges against Aras,” the board said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are very proud of her work in our London office as an Arts Program Officer.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ms Amiri’s lawyer, Hojjat Kermani, said Iran’s Supreme Court had determined that her previous espionage conviction was “contrary to Sharia”, otherwise known as Islamic law.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian scholar detained in 2018 on charges of spying for Israel, was freed in December in a prisoner swap with three Iranian men.

Ms. Amiri was incarcerated in Evin prison, north of Tehran. Ahead of her acquittal and return to Britain, Ms Amiri was temporarily released on furlough in April 2020 due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

Another Anglo-Iranian national, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was also held in Evin prison.

In April 2020, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the time of her arrest, who was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 after being accused of plotting to overthrow the government in Tehran – said also granted indefinite leave. (Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was given a one-year sentence and a travel ban in April, on new charges of carrying out “propaganda activities” against the Iranian government.

Several foreigners and dual nationals are detained in Iranian prisons, including Nahid Taghavi, a German-Iranian architect; Siamak Namazi, a businessman, and his father, Baquer Namazi, a former Unicef ​​official, both Iranian-Americans; Dr. Ahmad Reza Jalali, Swedish-Iranian physician and researcher; and Morad Tahbaz, an Iranian-American environmentalist.

Farnaz Fassihi contributed reports.

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Geisinger Muncy Medical Center is open to patients https://russellchatham.com/geisinger-muncy-medical-center-is-open-to-patients/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:08:02 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/geisinger-muncy-medical-center-is-open-to-patients/ TOWNSHIP OF MUNCY, Pennsylvania – Geisinger Muncy Medical Center began welcoming its first patients on Monday January 10. The full-service hospital is part of a clinical joint venture between Geisinger and Highmark Health that is expanding access to care for those who need it most in four counties. region covering Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga […]]]>
TOWNSHIP OF MUNCY, Pennsylvania – Geisinger Muncy Medical Center began welcoming its first patients on Monday January 10. The full-service hospital is part of a clinical joint venture between Geisinger and Highmark Health that is expanding access to care for those who need it most in four counties. region covering Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to officially welcome patients to this new state-of-the-art hospital in Muncy,” said Tammy Anderer, administrative director of the North Central region of Geisinger. “This is an exciting step for Geisinger, Highmark Health and the community as members will no longer have to travel far for world class care – they can get it right here in Muncy. This historic project will make a significant difference in the care our neighbors receive.
The 120,000 square foot, three story facility includes an emergency room, clinical decision unit, intensive care unit, operating theaters, and primary and specialist care areas. Approximately 300 employees at Geisinger Medical Center Muncy will meet the routine and acute care needs of people living in Lycoming, Sullivan, Clinton and Tioga counties.

The medical center includes many state-of-the-art equipment such as the Clinical Decision Unit (CDU). Patients who require additional observation or testing, or those who need to be admitted, are transferred to the adjacent inpatient unit where they are treated accordingly.

The hospital’s 20 inpatient rooms are equipped with smart televisions displaying a digital whiteboard with real-time health information to improve communication with patients and better coordinate care. These smart TVs provide patients and families with TV content, hospital information and relaxation, all in one system.

For routine care, the facility includes a multi-specialist clinic with primary care for adults and pediatrics, orthopedics, cardiology, ophthalmology and women’s health services. Also available are specialized outreach services, imaging, laboratory and medical oncology services, in addition to chemotherapy preparation and general surgery.
“At Highmark Health, we work with a set of core behaviors, including putting the customer first,” said Brian Rinker, president of the market for Highmark, Eastern Pennsylvania. “Geisinger shares many of our core behaviors and, with the opening of this facility, we are offering our members and all residents of the North Central PA greater choice and improved access to high quality care. quality and cost effective – closer to home. “

Geisinger Muncy Medical Center accepts new patients. Plan by calling 800-230-4565.

To learn more about Geisinger Medical Center Muncy, visit go.geisinger.org/muncy.


About Highmark Health

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What’s up? Art as an antidote to the winter blues | Arts https://russellchatham.com/whats-up-art-as-an-antidote-to-the-winter-blues-arts/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 22:45:00 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/whats-up-art-as-an-antidote-to-the-winter-blues-arts/ Such feelings are likely exacerbated by a combination of circumstances unique to our time – namely the COVID-19 pandemic, obsession with social media and the ever-escalating political tension. So we turn to art for comfort, clarity, wisdom or at least a new perspective. The online show of a local visionary As of this writing, four […]]]>

Such feelings are likely exacerbated by a combination of circumstances unique to our time – namely the COVID-19 pandemic, obsession with social media and the ever-escalating political tension.

So we turn to art for comfort, clarity, wisdom or at least a new perspective.

The online show of a local visionary

As of this writing, four days after the start of the New Year, all is fairly calm on the local visual arts front, with only a few new exhibits slated to open as this appears – a typical situation early in this year. Winter.

In the digital age, however, art is still as close as the closest computer screen. This is where you can go see recent works by Winston-Salem artist William Fields, in an online exhibition of high-resolution digital reproductions curated by the Cavin-Morris Gallery, a New York venue specializing in art. raw and visionary art.






“AAB Alice A. Bailey” by William Fields. This piece is colored pencil and pastel on paper. It is 38.25 by 30 inches.


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At 81, Fields is perhaps the city’s oldest and most accomplished visual artist. He exhibited his work at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art over 50 years ago, and since then he has continued to create striking works that have been exhibited widely.

Fifteen of his recent drawings make up his online exhibition, available until February 7 on cavinmorris.com/william-fields-online-exhibition.


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Austria takes the first step to return objects from the colonial era https://russellchatham.com/austria-takes-the-first-step-to-return-objects-from-the-colonial-era/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 06:43:09 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/austria-takes-the-first-step-to-return-objects-from-the-colonial-era/ Austria plans to set up a panel to assess claims for restitution of objects acquired during colonial times and hopes to provide details “in the coming weeks,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Culture said. The largest collections of colonial-era acquisitions in Austria can be found in the Weltmuseum (World Museum) and the Natural History […]]]>

Austria plans to set up a panel to assess claims for restitution of objects acquired during colonial times and hopes to provide details “in the coming weeks,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Culture said.

The largest collections of colonial-era acquisitions in Austria can be found in the Weltmuseum (World Museum) and the Natural History Museum in Vienna. The Weltmuseum is a member of the Benin Dialogue Group, which was set up to discuss the future of Benin bronzes in Western collections.

Several Western museums have returned or have undertaken to return Beninese bronzes to Nigeria. In October, Germany and Nigeria signed an agreement setting a timetable for the return of around 1,100 Beninese objects from German museums, with the first repatriations expected in the second quarter of 2022.

Austria’s Culture Ministry said it could not yet give details on the planned commission as talks are still ongoing. But a person involved in the talks said the committee will also include representatives from potential requesting countries.

Although Austria was not a colonial power, it benefited from trade agreements and Austrian merchants and explorers purchased colonial goods. The Weltmuseum, for example, studies the history of the acquisitions of a collection of East African objects brought together in 1884 and 1885 by Emmerich Billitzer, an Austrian naval doctor.


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Joe Biden as president is overwhelmed and ineffective https://russellchatham.com/joe-biden-as-president-is-overwhelmed-and-ineffective/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 00:19:58 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/joe-biden-as-president-is-overwhelmed-and-ineffective/ Senator Barrasso recently spoke outside the Senate and continued to criticize President Biden’s performance as President of the United States. “As we move into 2022, the undeniable truth is that Joe Biden as president is overwhelmed and ineffective,” began Senator Barrasso. “And the vice-president, her alternate quarterback… it seems like every time she touches the […]]]>

Senator Barrasso recently spoke outside the Senate and continued to criticize President Biden’s performance as President of the United States.

“As we move into 2022, the undeniable truth is that Joe Biden as president is overwhelmed and ineffective,” began Senator Barrasso. “And the vice-president, her alternate quarterback… it seems like every time she touches the ball it’s either a fumble or she throws an interception.”

Barrasso said he made the comments because the American people were having one of the most expensive Christmas vacations ever.

“If they were driving to visit family or friends, the price of gasoline at the pump on Christmas Day was the highest it had ever been on Christmas Day in America,” he said. he declared. “The cost of a gallon of gasoline is a dollar more at Christmas than last Christmas. And it’s not just the gasoline; these are Christmas gifts, these are Christmas groceries. People across the country are struggling and suffering, and the president and vice president thinks all they have to do is maybe wave a magic wand and things would get better. This is not the case. “

Barrasso said Vice President Kamala Harris appeared on CBS on Boxing Day to speak about inflation and its impact on the American people.

“He was asked about inflation,” Barrasso said. “And [she] He was asked if it was transient because, let us remember, month after month after month, the administration and the vice-president said that inflation was transient. They kept saying it until we hit a 40-year high of inflation. It was not a trick question. Yet his response was inconsistent and rambling. And by all indications, inflation will get even worse as this new year approaches. “

Barrasso then raised the issue of COVID-19 and noted that President Biden is responsible for the lack of testing and testing facilities available to the American people.

“We talked about people who could travel to see their friends and family while on vacation, but for a lot of people they couldn’t because of the new variant of the coronavirus,” Barrasso said. “A lot, a lot of people have tested positive. That’s if they can even find some tests to pass. You’ve seen the lines around the building city after city, all over the country, because they can’t even not find adequate tests. “

Barrasso said President Biden was so concerned about the vaccine mandate that he essentially neglected the testing issue.

“He ignored, ignored requests for further testing and work on treatment,” he said. “A lot of money has been spent on this,” he said. “Billions of dollars have been invested in coronavirus tests and bills, including the one they passed in a party line vote in March, which was supposed to relate to relief from the coronavirus. And yet it there are no adequate tests in America today. “

He went on to say, “That’s what Joe Biden has done to this country. As we enter Joe Biden’s second year as president, we have a president who failed. economy, failed on Covid, failed at the border, and failed problem after problem, including crime in our cities. The American people deserve better. This president has failed. “

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‘Yellowstone’ Season 5: 5 things to know about Paramount’s hit western drama https://russellchatham.com/yellowstone-season-5-5-things-to-know-about-paramounts-hit-western-drama/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:48:00 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/yellowstone-season-5-5-things-to-know-about-paramounts-hit-western-drama/ Paramount Network aired its final episode of Season 4 of “Yellowstone” and audiences are already feeling the blues. From a surprise wedding to a shocking murder, fans have remained more than satisfied and hungry for new episodes of the gripping drama. The continuing pandemic had suspended the previous season causing a delay and with the […]]]>

Paramount Network aired its final episode of Season 4 of “Yellowstone” and audiences are already feeling the blues. From a surprise wedding to a shocking murder, fans have remained more than satisfied and hungry for new episodes of the gripping drama.

The continuing pandemic had suspended the previous season causing a delay and with the current situation, Season 5 could also take a while. If you need something to fill the gaping hole left by the Western Drama’s ending, check out “1883” for an origin story of “Yellowstone” and “Mayor of Kingstown,” both of which are brought to you by the Brilliant Spirit. by Taylor Sheridan. If you’re curious about what Season 5 will bring, scroll down to find out more!

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Will there be a season 5? When will it be released and where to watch it?

The simple answer is yes, there will be. Deadline recently announced that a fifth season is set to begin production in May 2022 and in March 2021 Cole Hauser also shared that creator Taylor Sheridan is already working on a new season. Since filming has yet to begin and no official date or renewal has been announced, Season 5 is slated to drop sometime in 2023. You can watch it on the Paramount Network.

Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler in ‘Yellowstone’ (Paramount Network)

What will season 5 of “Yellowstone” be about?

Season 5 will likely follow Jamie’s recursion of having to kill his biological father Garett Randall. This decision which was forced by Beth could see him sever all ties with John. The Season 4 finale also saw Beth get kicked out of Market Equities and charged with business espionage, so her character will be seen facing the aftermath. She has also bonded with her sweetheart Rip Wheeler so that next season can explore their married life as well. Meanwhile, the continued threat of developers and hungry land sharks will also be an ongoing plot.

Who plays in season 5 of the drama Paramount?

Kevin Costner as John Dutton

One of the greatest actors of his generation, Kevin Costner is a producer, director and musician. Costner made his film debut in 1981 and went on to star in various films. His 1990 film “Dances with the Wolves” was a huge success and was nominated for 12 Oscars, winning 7 of those 12, including Best Picture and Best Director for Costner. The films Bull Durham ‘,’ The Untouchables’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ further strengthened his place in Hollywood. Since then, he has played in many successful projects, including “Yellowstone” where he plays the lead role of John Dutton, the patriarch of the Dutton family.

Kevin Costner as John Dutton in ‘Yellowstone’ (Paramount Network)

All other main actors including Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton, Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton, Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler, Kelsey Asbille as Monica Long Dutton and many more are expected to return.

The fourth season also introduced new characters Summer Higgin (Piper Perabo) and Carter (Finn Little) who may return with the option of introducing more characters.

Showrunners

The show is created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson while it is written by Sheridan. Besides Linson, Sheridan and Kevin Costner, prominent figures like Art Linson and David C. Glasses are also executive producers of the show.

Trailer

As there hasn’t been an official announcement for the show’s renewal, no new trailers have been made available, but watch this space for more updates.

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Year in Review – July https://russellchatham.com/year-in-review-july/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:41:37 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/year-in-review-july/ July, 1st In response to COVID-19, the federal government handed out billions in stimulus funds to schools across the country, including $ 6 billion in Pennsylvania, easing the tightening of the budget season. It helps schools prepare to return to a regular school year this fall. After more than 70 years in the food industry, […]]]>

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In response to COVID-19, the federal government handed out billions in stimulus funds to schools across the country, including $ 6 billion in Pennsylvania, easing the tightening of the budget season. It helps schools prepare to return to a regular school year this fall.

After more than 70 years in the food industry, the Berger family of Pine Grove handed over the keys to Berger’s Market Inc, to Boyer’s Food Markets.

The Berger family on the last day of ownership on June 6, 2021 is, from left to right, Roger Spancake, Lisa Spancake, Mae Berger, Richard Berger, Paul Berger, Doris Berger, Melanie Wiscount, Paula Elenchin and Gerry Elenchin. (Courtesy of Melanie Wiscount)

Schuylkill Women in Crisis will operate at the Schuylkill Hope Center for Victims of Domestic Violence.

July 8

Vince McDonald was hired as Orwigsburg Police Chief. McDonald’s was hired to replace Chef John Koury, who retired in March.

Orwigsburg Police Chief Vince McDonald puts a focus on community in his new job. (Courtesy of Janis McGowan)

A vacant supermarket in downtown Pottsville will begin its transformation to become the University of Alvernia’s newest satellite campus.

The 2021-2022 spending plan that was approved by the legislature last week and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday increases education funding by $ 416 million, the largest increase in state history .

July 15th

Bird lovers in parts of Pennsylvania, including Schuylkill County, are urged to remove feeders and close their bird baths to stop the spread of a mysterious disease that is killing songbirds.

Schuylkill Haven is another small step towards the erection of a memorial in the city in homage to the first settler in the region.

Kudos to the Tri-Valley High School Girls’ Softball Team for winning the PIAA Class 1A title with a spectacular 2-1 victory over the West Pennsylvania Power Plant West Greene in the Penn State University. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the seventh inning for the win. The Bulldogs, who also won the District 11 Class 1A title by beating Nativity BVM, finished the season with a 25-2 record. (Courtesy of the Tri-Valley School District)

Schuylkill County organizations have received more than $ 980,000 in grants to fight the scourge.

July 23

The COVID-19 delta variant is now the dominant strain of the virus in the United States. It appears to be more infectious than the original virus and the earlier dominant strain, the alpha variant.

The Walk In Art Center celebrates National Girlfriend Day with Girlfriend Experience, a women-only beauty and wellness exhibit.

Emmanuel (Manny) Risso was honored as an Outstanding Arts Student of the Valley View Tri Valley Lions Club.

Valley View Tri-Valley Lions Club Arts student, Emmanuel Risso with his mother, Joanne, and Tom Kroh, president of the Lions Club. (Courtesy of Valley View Tri-Valley Lions Club)

July 29

The Blue Mountain School Board voted to approve and submit a 2021-2022 health and safety plan that would not require students to wear masks.

At the Schuylkill Haven Borough Council meeting on July 21, Ellen Smith, who heads the Frontier Girls, told council she wanted to set up at least five other small libraries at all of the city’s playgrounds.

Brood X’s cicadas go off and leave the damage to the trees behind.


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The book, film and art that made headlines in China in 2021 https://russellchatham.com/the-book-film-and-art-that-made-headlines-in-china-in-2021/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 05:26:38 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/the-book-film-and-art-that-made-headlines-in-china-in-2021/ FFrom “Western aesthetics” to “revisionist stories,” Chinese politics and society in 2021 – just like in recent years – have opposed certain ideas and representations. There is always another book on a “sensitive” subject like the Alliance of Eight Nations or a film featuring the United States that will create a new controversy in China. […]]]>

FFrom “Western aesthetics” to “revisionist stories,” Chinese politics and society in 2021 – just like in recent years – have opposed certain ideas and representations. There is always another book on a “sensitive” subject like the Alliance of Eight Nations or a film featuring the United States that will create a new controversy in China. We watch the movies, books, and art that have inspired strong emotions, and of course, controversy.


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Chinese hit movies

The Korean War of the 1950s is a theme on which around ten television series and films are made in China each year. The commemoration of past wars stimulates nationalist sentiment among the Chinese. But nothing compares to the latest blockbuster sponsored by the Chinese Communist Party The Battle of Changjin Lake which aimed to squeeze the nerve of nationalism. The film, which recently won The Golden Deer at the Changchun Film Festival, is a tale of the battle which is also known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, after the Japanese name for Changjin Lake in North Korea.

the budget for The Battle of Changjin Lake was a whopping $ 200 million, making it China’s most expensive film to date. The film is also the second-biggest box office success in Chinese cinema history. The film made a Business $ 905 million to date, making it the top-performing blockbuster in China for 2021.

The moment of The Battle of Changjin LakeThe release of is no coincidence, as the film targets a country that is moving from a love affair with China to its nemesis – the United States. Geopolitics is not taken as lightly by the Chinese as it could be in America.

The film follows in the tradition of recent Communist Party cinema, omitting the hardships of Chinese soldiers who fought against American forces. The portrayal of Chinese soldiers as cold, hardened warriors, who defeated American forces with sheer bravery is a pastiche of the Communist Party that people have gobbled up like dumplings. Government-approved propaganda films have a history in China, but new inflated budgets and special effects attempt to create visually appealing narratives like The Battle of Changjin Lake.

No one expected the film to tell us how Mao sent over 300,000 soldiers on a suicidal mission, but there was hope of sobriety. What we got instead was on the expected lines – flaky nationalism. The film ignores the fact that 180,000 Chinese soldiers were kill in the Korean War.


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Liu Qikun’s “Drug Book”

Not just movies, writing books in Chinese has also become more and more difficult. Stories that deviate from the official line are often targeted. The recent title The Eight Nations Alliance is a righteous army by Liu Qikun, born in Beijing, was drawn in Hong Kong bookstores. However, bookstores said the book actually sold out quickly after being criticized by pro-China media. The book was published in Chinese by China Times Publishing, based in Taiwan.

This is not the first reception of this type of Liu. He immigrated to Canada in the 1980s and wrote novels that criticized the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its control over society. In this book, he wrote that the war waged by the Eight Nations Alliance was for a just cause in order to avoid a humanitarian crisis. The battle was waged to protect the rights of foreigners and missionaries in China which were suppressed by the Qing Empire.

Chinese state media classified Liu’s book as a “drug book,” a term used for a forbidden book that does not correspond to the thinking of the Communist Party. the World time in Chinese alleged that the book violated Hong Kong’s new national security law. “Under the banner of revisionist history, the book exaggerated the killings committed by the ‘Boxers’ and the tolerance of the Qing Manchu government towards the ‘Boxers’… The book ignored the fact that countless villages and towns were reduced to ruins and a large number of people were slaughtered in China ”, wrote Ye Lan, the World time correspondent in Hong Kong.

In June 1900, Boxer rebels (those who were part of the local militia who knew martial arts – called “Chinese boxing”) and Chinese imperial troops attacked foreign diplomats from several nations in legations as they sought to push back. Europeans are present in China.

The Eight Nation Alliance comprising Britain, Russia, France, Japan, Germany, United States, Italy and Austria-Hungary counterattacked Boxer rebels and Imperial troops Chinese, leading to multiple battles and the final siege of Beijing (now Beijing). The conflict between the two parties ended with the signing of the Box Protocol in 1901.

As expected, Liu’s book sparked controversy as the official CCP account portrays the Eight Nation Alliance as an aggressor against China.


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Western standards of Asian beauty

Chinese nationalism is at odds even with the Chinese public who have come to love luxury brands. But they are also sensitive to their notion of aesthetics and beauty, as illustrated by their review of a recent photograph.

Christian Dior, the luxury brand, found itself in controversy after state media attacked a famous fashion photographer named Chen Man. An image of a woman holding a Dior bag has been criticized for its aesthetic conforming to “Western standards of Asian beauty.”

The photo, which was part of the Lady Dior exhibition at the Shanghai Art Center, has been removed after it drew attacks from Chinese state media. Beijing Daily critical work in describing the image as having “spooky eyes, a dark face, and Qing dynasty-style nail armor.”

The image is an impression of the photographer that may be loved or hated, but the kind of reaction the exhibition elicited tells you that the Chinese want their brands to attribute to their brand of nationalism.

Chen’s over-staged visual style testifies to an older aesthetic, which is now outdated among today’s youth – and testifies to a decline in the global significance of the West’s racist status quo. “ noted Daily Jing, a website focused on the luxury goods business in China.

China ends 2021 with the return of Covid-19 restrictions to Xi’an and the increase in cases, but we know for sure that just like this year, 2022 will be fraught with controversy.

The author is a freelance columnist and journalist. He is currently pursuing an MA in China-focused International Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He was previously a Chinese media reporter for the BBC World Service. He tweets @aadilbrar. Opinions are personal.

(Edited by Srinjoy Dey)


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The Islamic art of Cartier exhibited in Paris at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs https://russellchatham.com/the-islamic-art-of-cartier-exhibited-in-paris-at-the-musee-des-arts-decoratifs/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 08:46:29 +0000 https://russellchatham.com/the-islamic-art-of-cartier-exhibited-in-paris-at-the-musee-des-arts-decoratifs/ Pen box would have belonged to Mirza Muhammad Munshi, Deccan, India, late 16th early 17th century. Muhammad Yusuf, Feature Writer From October 21 to February 20, 2022, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris presents “Cartier and the arts of Islam: At the sources of modernity”, a major exhibition which traces the influence of Islamic […]]]>

Pen box would have belonged to Mirza Muhammad Munshi, Deccan, India, late 16th early 17th century.

Muhammad Yusuf, Feature Writer

From October 21 to February 20, 2022, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris presents “Cartier and the arts of Islam: At the sources of modernity”, a major exhibition which traces the influence of Islamic art on the objects created by Louis Cartier, founder of Cartier, and the designers of the great French jewelry house, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Co-organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Dallas Museum of Art and resulting from a collaboration with the Louvre Museum and the support of Cartier, it shows the influence of Islamic art on the fine jewelry of the Maison Cartier in the design of jewelry and precious objects.

More than 500 pieces, including jewelry and objects from Cartier, masterpieces of Islamic art, drawings, books, photographs and archival documents, trace the origins of the jeweler’s interest in oriental motifs. The exhibition explores the origins of this influence through the Parisian cultural context and the figure of Louis and Jacques Cartier, two of the founder’s grandsons, who played a major role in the creation of a new aesthetic imbued with modernity.

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The American architectural firm DS&R (Diller Scofidio & Renfro) was commissioned to design the scenography of the exhibition. The exhibition is organized as a thematic chronological journey divided into two parts, the first of which explores the origins of interest in Islamic art and architecture through the cultural background of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century and reviews the creative context among designers and studios in search of sources of inspiration.

The second part illustrates the lexicon of forms inspired by Islamic art, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. From the start, according to connoisseurs, visitors will find themselves immersed in these shapes and patterns with three of Cartier’s iconic creations facing masterpieces of Islamic art. Along the North Gallery, people are invited, room after room, to explore the creative process and the early sources of inspiration in jewelry design.

The books from Louis Cartier’s library and his collection of Islamic art were made available as resources for designers. Louis’ personal collection, reconstituted thanks to the archives of the Maison Cartier, is represented through several masterpieces brought together for the first time since the dispersal of his collection. Charles Jacqueau was an important and brilliant member of the Cartier design team. A selection of his design drawings is presented, thanks to a loan from the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

The exhibition continues by exploring the travels of Jacques Cartier, notably in India in 1911, where he meets the Maharajahs of the subcontinent. The gemstone and pearl trade offered him a way to enter the country. This allowed him to forge relationships with the Maharajahs while collecting ancient and contemporary jewelry, which he would resell as is, be inspired by them or dismantle them to integrate them into new creations. These different sources of inspiration, and the oriental jewels which enriched the House of Cartier collections, have helped to redefine forms as well as artisan techniques. Head ornaments, tassels, bazubands (an elongated bracelet worn across the upper arm) came in a wide range of shapes, colors and materials to suit the fashion of the time.

The flexibility of Indian jewelry has led to technical innovation, new settings and different methods of assembling parts. The incorporation of different parts of jewelry, fragments of Islamic artwork called ‘primers’, and the use of oriental textiles to create bags and accessories, was also a hallmark of the early Cartier House. of the 20th century. The second part of the exhibition, in the South gallery, is devoted to the lexicon of forms inspired by Islamic art, in particular thanks to the collections of the Musée des Arts décoratifs and the Musée du Louvre.

Although famous for its “garland style” jewelry, from 1904 Cartier began to develop pieces inspired by geometric patterns of Islamic art found in books on ornamentation and architecture. from a pioneering repertoire later qualified as “Art Deco”. The motifs and forms of Islamic art and architecture, sometimes easily identifiable, sometimes decomposed and rethought to make their source untraceable, have become an integral part of the stylistic vocabulary of creators. Today, they are still part of the Cartier repertoire, as illustrated by the contemporary jewelry, which completes the exhibition.

Islamic civilization occupies a unique place in the close web of relations between the Western world and societies beyond its borders. It has grown over the centuries by the very diverse cultural facets it offers, as well as by its geography, extending from the original Mediterranean basin to more distant lands, from Andalusia to India. A highly political and aesthetically rich subject, the relationship between European artistic creation and Islamic art is anything but incidental, as evidenced by the acute awareness of the historical context, of the diplomatic alliances between France under the reign of Francis I and the Empire. Ottoman from Suleiman the Magnificent, to the colonial and imperialist conquests of the 19th and 20th centuries – a mixture of fascination, violence and domination.

If Edward Saïd’s critique of Orientalism remains a seminal work, many more recent exhibitions and studies have shown to what extent the arts of Islam have gone from “a passive object of study to that of an active subject. ‘exchange’, to use the words of Rémi Labrusse, professor of contemporary art history. Labrusse’s work has shed light on the role and influence of Islamic art on Western art, both in Europe and across the Atlantic, especially in the mid-19th century – a fascinating period that gradually ushered in the ’emergence of an understanding of cultural diverse identities, as well as their assimilation into multiple artistic and aesthetic projects.


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