Hello From Beijing!

Do you remember my post on the insanity and sheer wrongness surrounding the fact that the Chinese people have never seen contemporary American paintings before? Well, we are doing something about it with the opening of the historic exhibit, "Contemporary American Realism" at the Beijing World Art Museum. The show is the first major exhibit of American realism in China. This exhibit of 100 paintings by 49 American artists will travel to six venues in China, including to Dalien, Tianjin, Wuhan (Hubei Province), Zhejiang Province, and Shanghai. The expected total museum attendance for the tour is more one million people, over a period of 15 months. It's an incredible moment for the contemporary realist movement!

Here's me on the balcony at Tian' An Men.
Here's me on the balcony at Tian' An Men.

I am here in Beijing and yesterday was my first day of touring the city with a group of American realist artists who have come to attend the show. Our hosts from the World Art Museum have rolled out the red carpet to show us the best of Beijing's historic sites, culture, and cuisine. We have visited the Nation Museum of China on Tian' An Men Square, and walked through the dazzling Forbidden City. We climbed Jing Shan Summit, the Buddhist shrine at the end of the Forbidden City and took in the breath taking view of the entire city.


The view from Jing Shan summit.
The view from Jing Shan summit.

A gala opening at the museum was held, and the large exhibition hall was elegantly hung with the 100 American paintings that make up the show. We artists and organizers so excited to see how the public receives the work and our American painting techniques. The museum staff expected a very large turn out, as realist painting and American culture is of tremendous interest to the Chinese audience. I feel very privileged to be extended such warm hospitality and enthusiasm for the work of our American painters. It seems to me a sign of how very highly the Chinese citizenry values artistic creation and the contributions of artists to culture.

More soon!


The artists and hosts, left to right: Paul McCormack, Daniel Sprick, Stephen Ling, Noha Valenti, Tom Valenti, Patricia Watwood, Nanette Fluhr, Katie O'Hagan, Greg Mortenson, Chen Xiaolen, Joshua LaRock and Xu Fei.  Arriving later: Max Ginsberg, Michael Klein, and Ronald Sherr.
The artists and hosts, left to right:
Paul McCormack, Daniel Sprick, Stephen Ling, Noha Valenti,
Tom Valenti, Patricia Watwood, Nanette Fluhr, Katie O'Hagan,
Greg Mortenson, Chen Xiaolen, Joshua LaRock and Xu Fei.

Arriving later: Max Ginsberg, Michael Klein, and Ronald Sherr.

Participating artists in "Contemporary American Realism":

Steve Assael, Warren Chang, Jacob Collins, Tony Curanaj, Gabriella Dellosso, Jon DeMartin, Teresa Elliott, Gary T. Erbe, Peter Fiore, Nanette Fluhr, Max Ginsberg, David Gluck, Gary Godbee, Daniel E. Greene, Michael Grimaldi, Benat Inglesias, Michael Klein, Maria Kreyn, Joshua LaRock, Jeffrey T. Larson, David A. Leffel, Kate Lehman, Steven Levin, Robert Liberace, Jeremy Lipking, Paul McCormack, Sherrie McGraw, Edward Minoff, Greg Mortenson, Katie O'Hagan, Paul Oxborough, Graydon Parrish, Charles Pfahl, Tony Pro, Christopher Pugliese, Thomas Reis, Anthony J. Ryder, Cesar Santos, Travis Schlaht, Nelson Shanks, Ronald N. Sherr, Daniel Sprick, Sharon Sprung, Dan Thompson, Joseph Todorovitch, Nicole Michelle Tully, Thomas Valenti, Scott Waddell, Anthony Waichulis, and Patricia Watwood and Will Wilson.


The Museum tour schedule is as follows:

Beijing World Art Museum
Sept.15 – Nov. 4, 2012

(No. 9A Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100038, China)


Dalian Modern Museum
Nov. 14, 2012 – Jan. 13, 2013

(No. 10 Huizhan Road, Shahekou District, Dalian, Liaoning Province, 116023, China)


Tianjin Art Museum
Jan. 23 – Mar. 20, 2013

(Pingjiang Road, Hexi District, Tianjin, 300201, China)


Hubei Provincial Museum
Apr. 1 – May 26, 2013

(No. 156 Wuchang East Road, Wuhan, Hubei Province, 430077, China)


Zhejiang Provincial Museum
June 3 – Jul. 21, 2013

(No. 25 Gushan Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 310007, China)


Shanghai Chinese Arts Palace,
Jul. 30 – Oct. 30, 2013

(Shanghai World Expo China Pavilion)

Additional information is also available:

About the ACOPAL artists and the hosting museum, The World Art Museum in Beijing.


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Patricia Watwood

About Patricia Watwood

Patricia Watwood has studied painting with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier, and also with Ted Seth Jacobs at Ecole Albert Defois. She earned her MFA with honors from New York Academy of Art.

Watwood paints nudes, figures, portraits and still lifes in the classical tradition. Her paintings draw on allegorical, mythological, and narrative themes. She continues the classical pursuits of representational painting, with an eye on the contemporary world. The recurring theme in her paintings is the spiritual human presence. Watwood states, “Formal training is the indispensable underpinning of my practice. I seek to follow and build upon the artistic intelligence and traditions of the past, and bring them anew to my own generation.”

Watwood has exhibited in group and solo shows in New York, Paris, Houston, San Francisco and Long Island.  Her work is represented by John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. Her figurative paintings have been included in several museum shows, including “Enchantment” at the Hartford Art School, “Slow Painting,” at the Oglethorpe Museum; “The Great American Nude,” at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences; and in “Representing Representation VI,” at the Arnot Museum. Her work has been featured in numerous art publications including International Artist, and a recent cover article in American Artist magazine.
Watwood also does portrait commissions, and is represented by Portraits, Inc.  Her recent projects include a portraits for Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and the former Mayor of St. Louis, for St. Louis City Hall.  Watwood is currently teaching at the New York Academy of Art, and at the Teaching Studios of Art in Brooklyn. 

Watwood and her husband and two daughters live in Brooklyn, New York.

2 thoughts on “Hello From Beijing!

  1. This is fabulous! Is this the same exhibit that was shown at the Butler museum? China actually has a growing realist movement. I wonder if there are/will be any exchange exhibits here in the US?