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Jia Zhangke is one of the most attentive chroniclers of China’s rapid transformation over the past few decades. In acclaimed films like A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart, and Ash Is Purest White, he follows characters cast adrift, left behind, or otherwise out of joint with their surroundings due to almost overwhelming development. Jia’s latest, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue, is a documentary look at the recent history of Shanxi Province, where he grew up. In conversation with authors and fellow Shanxi natives Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong, he compares contemporary scenes of the region to images throughout its history over the latter half of the 20th century.
Hyperallergic has the exclusive premiere of the film’s poster and trailer, which gives a taste of its poignant contrasts between past and present.
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue opens in theaters May 28.
In a world delighted and entertained by displays of material excess, Diane Simpson shows that there is another possibility.
The animal carcass sculptures are gruesome yet their materials — the artist’s own discarded clothing — lend them some gentleness.
View work by over 40 experimental artists and collectives from throughout the Americas who contributed to New York’s art scene during the 1960s and ’70s.
Mr. Bernatowicz, in your introductory text you talk about the need for honesty, the disease of hypocrisy, overreaching governments. You do not fulfill a single one of your own ideals.
The biggest problem with turning Dune into a film is that the book appears increasingly derivative of generic sci-fi tropes.
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
Ed Roberson’s motorcycle ride from Pittsburgh to the Pacific is a quest-romance, an exploration of American culture and American mythology.
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
The legendary performer amassed a collection of about 10,000 rare books, posters, and artwork about all things esoteric.
The proceeds will benefit the BDC’s community-centered initiatives and exhibitions.