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    • CommentAuthorForumBot
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2009 edited

    Working with LA Art Consultant Adam Biesk, Moss presents an extraordinary juxtaposition of flat art and design in an exhibition called Import / Export. Exploring the art historical exchange between East and West through two collections, Moss shows Pyramids of Makkum and a collection of paintings and photographs by five internationally recognized contemporary Chinese artists.

    Pyramids of Makkum is a collection of five monumental Delftware flower pyramids, or totem-like vases, produced in 2008 by the 16th century Dutch company, Royal Tichelaar Makkum. Offered in a numbered, limited edition, the collection consists of a painstakingly researched and faithfully executed replica of the seminal 17th century model presently in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam—an exuberant multiple-flower vase created in the Oriental style in response to Europe’s fascination with the East as well as that period’s ‘tulip mania’—and four contemporary interpretations of this historic piece, created by leading Dutch artists Hella Jongerius, Studio Job, Jurgen Bey, and Alexander van Slobbe.

    Contemporary Chinese Painting and Photography—a collection of work by five internationally recognized artists—Cui Xiuwen, Weng Fen, Zhan Wang, Ji Wenyu and Zhang Ting Jun. Embodying strong Western imagery that represents a definitive shift in Chinese tradition, these paintings and photographs suggest a formal bridge with the Dutch Pyramids, linking both through their embodiment of a rapid, almost out-of-control invasion of foreign ideas and imagery. Centuries later, this exchange of West to East, evidenced by these paintings and photographs, is the reverse of the East-West China trade in ceramic and porcelain that so influenced 17th and 18th century Europe.

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