Frye Reopening

Considered from both its founding date and 1997 expansion, the Frye Art Museum is celebrating both its 60th and 15th birthdays this year. Closed since April for a major spruce-up, it's reopening today with three exhibits. One's an excerpt from the permanent collection, the second relates how Charles and Emma Frye were influenced by the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, but the third is actually new. Visiting Chinese artist Liu Ding will attend and give a talk (at 2 p.m.) about his Take Home and Make Real the Priceless in Your Heart, his first solo show in the U.S. With a nod to Warhol, Liu has made commerce and commercialized images central to his art. He runs an online gift shop that will merge with the Frye's, and he's created a new series of half-finished paintings that riff on the museum's famous Sin by Franz von Stuck. In other new paintings, he borrows elements from others' works—a waterfall, mountain peak, or lounging dog and repaints them on large white canvases. Liu is very keen on branding, signing, and valuation—what determines the worth of a copy versus the original (if there is an original). In which sense, it's a short step from soup cans to Sin. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., July 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012

 
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