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December 6th, 2010

expression @ 12:32 pm

"creativity is not valued in China because everything in their culture was expressed 1000 years ago"

-read on a caption at the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit

was that an actual belief in the communist time of china or a misunderstanding?

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Date:December 6th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
It sounds like somebody's nonsensical rhetoric to me. But in the arts in China, I think it is true that traditionally, being "new" or "different" was less spoken about than being "elegant" or "strange" or "eccentric" (which does come close to a form of heroic individualism I suppose--just not thought of in that kind of rhetoric at all)--or "fierce" or "wild." The aesthetics were different and the moral signatures that accompanied those different standards of beauty were also different.
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Date:December 7th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
it makes sense coming from Cartier-Bresson, though. it is more about him than about China, IMO.
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Date:December 6th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Creativity was believed to be a decadent, useless bourgeois indulgence under Mao.
Now it depends how you define creativity...or in what arena.
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Date:December 7th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
i would say most "creativity" is decadent useless bourgeois indulgence
i mean
here in america

but not all.

i'm not much into history
but i'm not surprised to hear this line
and that it would be an expressed opinion/belief

when i was there i remember going to all these student art shows and they were ALL copies of the "masters"
the same paintings done over and over and over
the kid who took me to them told me that the masters knew everything to be known about painting and students weren't allowed to even try painting anything of their own until they could perfectly reproduce this set that i was seeing endlessly reproduced:
gods and landcapes, dragons and cherry blossoms....

of course
when i studied art in england i remember my art history teacher saying that it was only recent that students were allowed to experiment...
it used to be a student was never allowed to attempt his own until after the age of 25

but i find the whole "history" of the world nebulous
so always like to check in with others.
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Date:December 7th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
Oh, I'd say China is VERY CREATIVE in destroying our economy!
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Date:December 7th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
we RAPED china
we continue to
we've destroyed our own economy by abusing children
and exploiting our own greedy laziness
blaming our economic collapse on anyone besides ourselves is just ignorant nonsense.

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