Acclaimed artist Li-lan collaborated with poet and art critic Carter Ratcliff on the publication of the American painter’s first major monograph entitled The Art of Li-lan: A World Achieved.
Born in New York to the gallerist Helen Wimmer Gee and Modernist painter Yun Gee, Li-lan was exposed from a young age to cultural sophistication that matured into a unique art form. Through Carter Ratcliff’s extensive research, a sensitive and penetrating narrative guides us through a gentle but hard-fought life of artistic accomplishment.
Firmly rooted in the culture of postwar New York, Li-lan is portrayed within the fabric of the American experience, while unfolding her own identity outside of New York in Japan and her father’s homeland of China.
Li-lan has exhibited extensively in America and abroad and in the collections of The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY; Modern Art Museum, Toyama, Japan; Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; The Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa, Japan; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; and The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT. She is represented by her longtime dealers Tina Keng of the Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei and Beijing and Jason McCoy of Jason McCoy Gallery, New York.
Carter Ratcliff is an honored poet, art writer, teacher, and lecturer, who has published extensively for art journals, institutions, and museums worldwide. His books include monographs on Marisol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, John Singer Sargent, Leon Polk Smith, Andy Warhol, and many others. His books of poetry include Fever Cast, 1973, Give Me Tomorrow, 1983 and Arrivederci, Modernismo, 2007.
bndd: This book is a chronological compilation of your work throughout the years. What story do you imagine it tells the people who read it?
Li-lan: I’ve been painting all my life and this is the first book that’s really come out of my life from the beginning until now. Carter [Ratcliff] is such a wonderful writer that he was able to capture the progression of my work and events in my life that made me paint the way I do. I’m normally very shy and hate to talk about my own work, so when someone who’s really good can do it, I’m really happy and he’s a poet so he doesn’t write like a lot of the academic people where it’s really hard to understand. Carter’s writing is very accessible and beautiful.
Li-lan: I don’t know if I’ve thought in that way. I’m not in to controlling how people think. Whatever they think they’ll think. If they enjoy it or don’t; it’s their call. [To Carter:] What do you think?
Carter Ratcliff: My feeling when I was looking at the beginning of Li-lan’s work and all the stages it went through, it’s been an extraordinary evolution because she’s reinvented her art. It went from a kind of inwardness; a very personal kind of art you could sort of sense her creating alone in the studio just looking at things in her immediate vicinity. Over the decades her vision, without losing any of that intimacy began to include more and more of the world. So the ‘World Achieved’ is two worlds. It’s her world and in the latest work – it’s the whole world. That mixing of the intimate and you can even say the global is what I mean by a ‘World Achieved’.
Li-lan: Hey, I just learned something. Yes, what Carter just said makes a lot of sense. I would agree [laughs].
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The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas showed just how far technology is being integrated into the home, as ABC News reports. New home technologies give you capabilities right out of the science fiction world. Control your house from your phone, watch your house while you’re out of town, and even talk to your appliances. The 2014 smart home is your chance to be in control of your home wherever you are with these exiting new gadgets…
The Nest Thermostat was at last year’s CES, and it’s back again. This energy saving device made such an impression it was recently purchased by Google. This device learns your heating and cooling preferences in your home, monitors every time you adjust the temperature up or down and notes the time and the setting. After an “education” period, you can then allow the Nest thermostat to take over and control your home automatically; make adjustments to the settings or manage it entirely from a smartphone app.
Talking to Your Appliances
Well, maybe not talking, but definitely texting. Tech Crunch reports on the latest household appliances by LG—specifically its newest tech product, HomeChat. With this tool, you can send text messages to your appliances, such as a washer, dryer or stove, and get information back. While sitting at work, you can text your refrigerator and ask it how many Greek yogurts you have left. Send photos from a smartphone to be displayed on the large, flat screen TV, text your stove to get a recipe for goulash or ask the washer whether it’s in the spin cycle yet.
Home security systems are updating their features to match the demands of the smart home. Some security companies have replaced push-button panels with mobile device apps and complete online access. You can check on your home while you’re away on vacation and double-check that you closed and locked all windows. Enable or disable the alarm system on your way to or from work. Check on the pets with a security camera that’s accessible from your tablet or smartphone.
Homeowners can now utilize fingerprint technology for door locks, security systems and even locks and access to your computer. While devices like fingerprint locks tighten security, it is still a good idea to protect your personal information from online criminals with services like Lifelock identity theft protection. Cyber criminals can break into your personal life without a crowbar.
The Internet Now Makes Coffee
Belkin’s WeMO technology was introduced a couple of years ago as a way to connect your household devices to your home network so you can control them from anywhere. Now Belkin.com has announced products with WeMO built into them. There is nothing dumb about the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker. Control it from your smartphone to change the temperature, get reminders, or just check on the pot roast. Also announced at CES were the WeMO-enabled coffee maker, space heater, humidifier and air purifier.
How could you possibly improve on the toothbrush? PC World says you connect it to your smartphone to tell you if you’re brushing correctly. The French company Kolibree has a Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush that tracks how you are brushing. A smartphone app interprets the data and tells you if you’ve brushed long enough and hit the right areas.
A trend now is technology that you can wear. Starting with the Pebble Android watch (GetPebble.com) last year which connected the wearer with their smartphone, the Nabu smartband now captures data about your activities and displays them on a wristband. You can set goals and earn points, making part of your life a game. Earn points for getting more rest or taking the stairs instead of an elevator. It records such activities as steps taken, hours slept, floors climbed and places visited as well as personal goals. Burn enough calories and you’ve earned that vanilla latte.
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