Mao exhibition illuminates what, and what not, to celebrate
VANCOUVER, Sept. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Editors and news directors seeking a memorable Canadian perspective on China's National Day on Oct. 1 and the associated festivities and celebrations that are occurring around the world will want to know about Foster Eastman and his multi-media Mao Tse-tung exhibition.
Collages created by Eastman from images of Mao and his associates and intimates, and their times, dominate the exhibit. They are dramatic and disturbing, sombre and vibrant, droll and entertaining.
The exhibition has turned the former Buschlen Mowatt Gallery on West Georgia Street into a face-to-face forum for the exchange of cultural certainties and solitudes, Eastman's memory of a visit to the gallery by an immigrant Chinese couple suggests.
" . . . she asked me to take one of my pieces down because she thought I was being very disrespectful. She said she could never bring her son here. 'I teach my son that the definition of a great man, and a great success, is whether his picture will be hung on a wall 300 years from now. And she believes Chairman Mao's picture will be hung on Chinese walls 300 years from now and, therefore, he is a great man."
High school teachers, however, are booking class visits to the gallery.
For a selection of images from the exhibition and to read more about their creator, please visit www.fostereastman.com.
SOURCE: Foster Eastman
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