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Artist known for Beijing ‘Bird’s Nest’, social activism, will speak at Isis

by Alexandra_Munroe on July 17, 2018

Originally published: Aspen Daily News
Jul 16, 2018

Even if you’re not a major art buff, you’ve probably heard of Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and social activist who will be speaking with Time magazine editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal Wednesday night at Aspen’s Isis Theatre, following a free 5:30 p.m. showing of his 2017 documentary film “Human Flow.” He’s one of the rare artists whose fame transcends his work, landing him squarely in the realm of global celebrity.

A vocal critic of the Chinese government, Ai has achieved international recognition as much for his political happenings – including a 2011 arrest in Beijing and 81-day jail stay for alleged economic crimes – as his major works, which include the famous “Bird’s Nest,” the Beijing National Stadium where the 2008 Olympics opening ceremonies were held.

Currently a resident of Berlin, Germany, and having lived in the U.S. from 1981-1993, Ai finds himself in an enviable position from which to juxtapose various belief systems, be they political, social or artistic. Informed by this viewpoint and spread across a wide variety of media, much of Ai’s work – giant stadiums aside – seeks to expose society’s ills, investigate wrongdoing and inspire positive steps.

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Ai Weiwei on art, activism and visiting Anderson Ranch

by Alexandra_Munroe on July 14, 2018

originally published: The Aspen Times
Andrew Travers  

When his passport was returned after years of arrests, detentions, harassment and surveillance in China, the first places Ai Weiwei went were at the chaotic crossroads of the global refugee crisis.

The artist and activist has spent the last several years with migrants, trying to tell their stories and to mobilize the world to help them. Ai believes in art’s ability to shape the world and change the tide of history.

“If art can change how man sees his relationship with society, then it does change society,” the Chinese dissident said in a recent email interview.

This week, Ai will speak in Aspen and Snowmass Village about his work as an artist, filmmaker and refugee advocate as Anderson Ranch honors him with its International Artist Award.

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PoNJA-GenKon in Partnership with CTCA Launches the “Online Bibliography of Post-1945 Japanese Art” Project

by Alexandra_Munroe on March 15, 2018

Press Release

PoNJA-GenKon in Partnership with CTCA Launches the “Online Bibliography of Post-1945 Japanese Art” Project

——March 15, 2018

PoNJA-GenKon is pleased to announce the launch of a project to create an “Online Bibliography of Post-1945 Japanese Art” to mark its 15th anniversary, in partnership with CTCA (The Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis) at Carleton University, Ottawa.

The online bibliography created by PoNJA-GenKon and hosted by CTCA will consist of searchable bibliographic items on post-1945 Japanese art history, primarily in English and possibly other Western languages. It will also include one or more PDF files listing select entries that will serve as a study guide, a research reference, and other such introductory and advanced citation tools. The expected completion date is 2019.

The project is funded by Alexandra Munroe through a donation of her 2017 Japan Foundation Award prize money.

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Japanorama: Five Decades of Japanese Art from Metabolism to the Post-Human

by Alexandra_Munroe on February 20, 2018

originally published at Frieze.com
https://frieze.com/article/japanorama-five-decades-japanese-art-metabolism-post-human

At the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the past year has seen the most extensive survey of contemporary Japanese art outside of the country in 17 years

 

‘Japanorama – A New Vision on Art since 1970’ marks the final exhibition in Centre Pompidou-Metz’s year-long Japanese season (September 2017 – May 2018). Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, it’s the most extensive survey exhibition of contemporary Japanese art outside of Japan since Alexandra Munroe’s ‘Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky’ – which toured to The Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, The Guggenheim, New York, and San Francisco MoMA in 1994 – and Jonathan Watkins’ ‘Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art’ at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2001. This exhibition, however, consciously follows on from Centre Pompidou’s own 1986 show ‘The Avant-Garde Arts of Japan 1910-70’, which examined Japanese modernity chiefly in relation to the Western avant-garde.

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国際交流基金賞 受賞記念講演会 アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆

by Alexandra_Munroe on January 15, 2018

国際交流基金賞 受賞記念講演会
アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆

Speech Commemorating the Japan Foundation Prize for the Postwar / Contemporary Japanese Art History in America and the Rise of Global Art History

originally published on wochikochi.jp
http://www.wochikochi.jp/topstory/2017/12/art-history-munroe.php

アレクサンドラ・モンロー
(ソロモン・R・グッゲンハイム美術館アジア美術上級キュレーター/
グローバル美術上級アドバイザー)

アレクサンドラ・モンロー氏は、戦後から現代までの日本美術を美術史の一貫した立場から実証的に研究し、数々の展覧会を企画、「具体」や「ネオ・ダダ」、「もの派」、そしてより若い世代の日本の現代美術家たちの国際的な評価を高めることに大きく貢献してきました。この功績を称え、国際交流基金はモンロー氏に2017年度国際交流基金賞を授与しました。
受賞を記念して開催された講演会「アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆」の内容に基づき、モンロー氏にご寄稿頂きました。

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Alexandra_Munroe国際交流基金賞 受賞記念講演会 アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆