By Maxwell K. Hearn
The Erickson assortment includes works of remarkable caliber that diversity via diversified media and around the entire span of historical China, from the Neolithic to the Tang interval. Ernest Erickson, via his assortment, has created an essential memorial that fills in gaps within the Museums current holdings. we're venerated and privileged to aid current this excellent reward, venerated through this catalogue.
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To speak or to remain silent are they to sonority what to show or to hide are to visibility? What prosecution of meaning is thus hidden behind the prosecution of sound? Has remaining silent now become a discreet form of assent, of connivance, in the age of the sonorization of images and all audio-visual icons? Have vocal machines' powers of enunciation gone as far as the denunciation of silence, of a silence that has turned into MUTISM? It might be appropriate at this juncture to remember Joseph Beuys whose work Silence parallels, not to say echoes, Edvard Munch's 1883 painting The Scream.
Whence contemporary art's shrillness in its bid to be heard without delay 45 ART AND FEAR - that is, without necessitating attention, without requiring the onlooker's prolonged reflection and instead going for the conditioned reflex, for a reactionary and simultaneous activity. And strangely, as British art historian Norbert Lynton notes: Since the thirties, we have spoken more and more often also of another sort of commitment. We want the artist not only to give himself wholly in his art and to his art; we also want him to dedicate his resources to political progress.
7 Today, when the AUDIO-VISIBLE of the mass media reigns, beamed out twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, what remains of that effect of immediacy of visual representation? Media presentation dominates everywhere you turn. Struck 'deaf and 'dumb' over the course of the waning century, the visual arts have taken a battering, not only from the animated image, but especially from the TALKIES. Remember, too, what the poet said when he insisted on the fact that so-called SILENT cinema was only ever DEAF, the first cinema-goers of the darkened movie halls being less aware of the actors' lack of words than of their own deafness.
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