Olympic Inks

Conspiracies about smog, government cover-ups, and underaged gymnasts floated over this past summer’s Olympics. But most seem to agree that the games were a success for China, and not only for China’s dominant athletes but also for the artistic wonder of the opening and closing ceremonies. The Olympics widened the world’s eyes toward a new appreciation of Chinese culture, art, and celebration.

As the Olympic images fade away, the Norton Museum (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) continues to spread the talented work of Chinese artists at “A Tradition Redefined: Chinese Paintings from the Chu-tsing Li Collection.” Spanning five decades (1950-2000), this comprehensive collection demonstrates the dramatic evolution of Chinese ink paintings that are sure to impress you just as much as all those fake, CG fireworks. Featured works include paintings by Liu Guosong, Martin Cheng, and Yu Chengyao. The exhibit begins this Saturday and runs until January 4. Admission costs $8. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Oct. 18-Jan. 4, 2008

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