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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 11. 1979-Page 5

AT THE ARTMUSEUM:

So,S
By ANTHONY CHEN
Take a walk into the Art Museum and
immediately you'll see, dominating the
central floor, a large panorama depic-
ting mountains, mist, and water: a
typical landscape. Typical in subject,
perhaps, but look again at the style:
The two six-paneled screens which
make up the panorama are almost en-
tirely blank. How can just a few black
brushstrokes convey a whole image of
mountains, water, and clouds? If you
sense the artistic majesty, you are wit-
nessing the power of Japanese Sumi
paintin, a style which captures form
and light with just black ink, grey
tones, and white paper.
Our Western paintings typically
feature color, and Americans generally
consider color an integral part of any
painting. The Oriental view of art, on
the other hand, concentrates on form
and composition. For example, con-
sider the Oriental attitude to martial
arts: The oriental thinks of martial arts
as a discipline, and strives for perfec-
tion of style; he does not consider it a,
weapon nor does he strive to improve
his killing capability.
In many of the paintings in the
exhibition, a simplicity and conciseness
is evident: What few brushstrokes
there are capture perfectly shape, ex-
pression, and form. There are almost
no fine, intricate lines (as in, for exam-
ple, etchings) and, the brushstrokes are
broad, simple, and free: They are an
abstraction, meant to convey the im-
portant impressions, and not
necessarily to faithfully reproduce the
real image. Stephen Adiss, author of
the exhibition catalog, notes that each
painting is "brushed with great sim-
plicity, but with a purpose and meaning
to every line," and although a painting
"took a few minutes to paint. . . it also
took eighty years to paint."
Prime examples of the Sumi abstrac-
tion are the .works by Hakuin Ekaku
(No. 12 "Daito Kokushi as a Begging
Mond" and No. 15 "Daruma") and
Shosu Shoju (No 23 "Daruma" and No
24 "Daito Kokushi") at the far right
corner of the main floor. In these pain-
tings, there are few major strokes but
they capture the thought in the crinkle

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of a brow, the grace in the poise of a
hand, the mystery in the look of an eye,
and the balance and complexity in a
stance.
Much of the effectiveness and impact
of the paintings rests on the actual
technique. Sumi painting consists of
grinding ink blocks, mixing them with
water, and applying them with a bam-
boo-and-hair brush. Many effects, in-
cluding varying tone, are produced by
adjusting the amount of water in the
ink, on the brush, or on the paper.
Although some of these Sumi
techniques are similar to those used in
Western watercolor painting, the skills
and brushwork are different, and the
approach - especially abstraction,
which plays a central role - is totally
different.
For all those who have seen little or
no Oriental art, here is a fine chance to
experience something completely dif-
ferent from the Western art which
surrounds us. Even if you don't have
much time, just take a moment to step
into the Art Museum which is across
State Street from the Union. Take in the
panoramic screen and some of the
hanging scrolls and then take another
moment to look closely at the brush-
and ink-work. The Sumi method deser-
ves careful attention and patience.
The Museum of Art has postponed the
closing date from January 8 to January
14, and the exhibit will be open Monday
to Saturday, 9 to 5 or Sunday 1 to 5.

e re lookingfor
afew good pens
Have you ever been looking at a collection of Oriental Art,
thoughtfully scratched your chin and said aloud, "I'd love to write a suc-
cinct review of this show for the nearest student newspaper"? Perhaps
once you noticed a hanbill, which advertised the appearance of a woman
who claimed to know all the dirt on 'Porgy and Bess,' and ached because
you wanted to write a preview story on just that event?
Live in mindless frustration no more! The new Arts/Living editors
are looking for writers with a critical eye and the energy to stay up late
after a movie, play, or dogfight and scribble out opinions to an uninfor-
med and longing public. There isn't a lot to learn, and soon you'll be
flashing your press pass to baffled ushers, and remembering the days
when you used to pay to watch entertainment.
Flock to the Daily, 420 Maynard, right behind Helen Newberry, on
Sunday, January 14 at 5:30 for an introductory discussion. Attire: Casual.

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ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE presents
The food Person Of Szechwsnl
by
Bertholt Brecht
Jan. 10--13
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

$3.00 Special Student Rate. Wed. & Thurs. only

CURTAIN 8 PM

Poetry Reading
with
JOHN LUCAS, DAVID THADEN,
and DAVID OLESHANSKY
reading from their works
THURSDAY, Jan. l1lth-7:30

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A DMISSION FREE

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"Virtue," painted by Hakuin Ekaku on paper, is one of the paintings currently
on exhibit along with other works using the Sumi technique at the University
Art Museum.

ADMISSION FREE

'Porgy and Bess'
candidly exposed

"The components at
Absolute Sound

One of the world's foremost
authorities on the opera Porgy and
Bess, Eva Jessye, will speak and per-
form at, a free public event titled
"Porgy and Bess: A Candid Expose,"
this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in
the Pendleton Room of the Michigan
Union.
Jessye, a local resident, was selected
by George Gershwin in 1935 to conduct
the choral music for the production.
Since that time she has participated in
many major productions of the folk

opera. She will be celebratingher 84th
birthday at the event Sunday.
Jessye will speak on her associations
with famous composers, directors, and
actors involved with productions of the
opera. Sopramo Delores Ivory-Davis
and bass Willis Patterson will perform
music from the opera. There will also
be a photo display of scenes and artists
from Porgy and Bess performances.
Jessye is the first black woman to
have won international tribute for her
direction of a professional chorale en-
semble. The Eva Jessye Choir ap-
peared in numerous Broadway shows
and musical films.
Besides her professional capacity as
a director, Jessye is also a composer,
actress, teacher and writer. She has
been described by Andrew Young as a
"wonderful woman, keeping alive our
rich cultural heritage. Generations yet
unborn will be grateful."

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