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Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture

Book Event: The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China

November 19, 2010; 6:00 p.m.

Gallery B

Author, journalist, and art critic Barbara Pollack will talk about her new book The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China, illustrating her presentation with photographs of artists’ studios, galleries, and parties in Beijing and Shanghai. The first book to take a critical look at the success, and also the pitfalls, of China’s recent art boom, The Wild, Wild East describes her first-hand encounters with artists, dealers, collectors, curators, and auction specialists.

Pollack has been reporting on China’s developing art scene since 1997, and has written a series of groundbreaking articles for a wide range of publications including Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Art in America, and Art & Auction. The Wild, Wild East was funded with grants from the Asian Cultural Council and the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundations.

Concurrent with the program, BAM’s stunning new acquisition by artist Ai Weiwei, arguably China’s best-known and most influential contemporary artist, is on display in the museum lobby.