Sakura Matsuri, MayFest and Fine Art Fair — All In One Weekend

Prospect Park Entrance at Grand Army Plaza
Prospect Park Entrance at Grand Army Plaza

The rite of spring in New York City is going to be marked by a series of event. The International Fine Art Fair at the Park Avenue Armory (67th street) will feature many of the world’s leading art dealers. The pictures range from Renaissance gold ground panel paintings to 20th century modern art. 

The Brooklyn Museum will have its monthly Target First Saturday on May 2. My personal pick among a variety of activities is the artist talk: At 8PM, Valerie Hegarty, a Brooklyn-based artist featured in the exhibition 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum, will discuss her work.

Just next door to the museum, the cherry blossom at Brooklyn Botanic Garden will peak at the same weekend, which will feature performances from traditional Japanese music and dance to concerts by some of Japan’s hottest J-pop stars.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 – 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that “his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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