No. 595: Near East to Far West, Early Photography in China

Episode No. 595 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators JR Henneman and Stephanie Tung.

Henneman is the curator of “Near East to Far West: Fictions of French and American Colonialism” at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition explores how the style and substance of French Orientalism — art inspired by French colonial expansion into North Africa and the Islamic world — informed United States artists and their representations of lands the US acquired as part of its imperial expansion. The exhibition is on view through May 29. Its superb catalogue was published by the Denver Art Museum. Amazon offers it for about $65.

Along with Karina H. Corrigan, Tung is the curator of “Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. The exhibition reveals how photographers helped determine how the world viewed nineteenth-century China. The exhibition features 130 photographs, as well as paintings, decorative arts, and prints. It is on view through April 2. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the museum. Amazon offers it for about $60.

From the show:

For Felice Beato’s Panorama of Hong Kong showing the Fleet for North China Expedition March 1860, 1860, see the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s collection site.

Air date: March 30, 2023.

Eugène Delacroix, Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha, 1835.

Eugène Delacroix, Arab Horseman Attacked by a Lion, 1849-50.

Alfred Jacob Miller, Indian Scout, 1851.

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Dance of the Almeh, 1863.

George de Forest Brush, The Picture Writer’s Story, ca. 1884.

George de Forest Brush, The Indian and the Lily, 1887.

Eugène Delacroix, Tiger and Snake, 1862.

Alexander Phiminster Proctor, Stalking Panther, about 1892.

Antoine-Louis Barye, Group of Bison, ca. 1810-75.

Charles Marion Russell, The Buffalo Hunt (Wild Meat for Wild Men), 1899.

Jules Itier, Panorama of Canton, November, 1844, 1844.

Louis Legrand, A bridge in the tea garden, Shanghai, 1857-59.

Felice Beato, Panorama of Pekin taken from the South Gate leading into the Chinese City–October 1860, 1860.

Attributed to Lai Afong, Mount Wuyi Landscape, ca. 1869.

John Thomson, Yuen-Fu Rapid, 1868-72.

William Saunders, A staged execution, 1870s-80s.

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