[時事英文] 封鎖時期的美術館

我想念可以步行到美術館欣賞藝術品的時光,但藝術其實也可以在生活中偶遇。本貼文我附上的作品圖片是來自畫家曾日昇畫室 。上週我在老婆大人SHOPPING時,我看到了他的作品,這讓我忘卻壓力,放鬆身心。非常感謝他幫助我度過了這段艱難的時光。
Some of the joys of viewing art are hard to replicate on-screen
Art Basel Hong Kong, Asia’s biggest contemporary-art fair, was cancelled because of COVID-19, but anyone who had planned to visit last week could enjoy an experimental alternative: the viewing room. At the click of a keyboard, you could enter a panoramic but private visual salon, without having to brave the airless Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
1、contemporary-art fair 當代藝術博覽會
2、experimental alternative 實驗性的替代選擇
3、panoramic 全景
4、private visual salon 私人視覺沙龍
5、Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre 香港會議展覽中心
6、brave (v.) 勇敢面對;冒(風險)
Participating galleries were told that, for a quarter of the original fee, they could have a slot in the online fair. Over 90% of the line-up—231galleries—gave it a whirl, offering more than 2,000 works worth $270m in total. The viewing room was a telling indication of how art might be shown (and sold) in the future, in a pandemic-stricken era or if travel is otherwise restricted. It offered encouragement—and some lessons on digital engagement.
7、gallery 美術館
8、have a slot in 佔有一席之地
9、give sth a whirl (常指初次)嘗試做
10、a pandemic-stricken era 病毒肆虐的時代
11、offer encouragement 提供鼓勵
12、digital engagement 數位參與
There, on one webpage, was Jeff Koons riffing on Botticelli’s “Primavera” in a tribute to the history of painting at David Zwirner Gallery. Ota Fine Arts offered one collector the chance to acquire an “infinity room”, one of the most Instagrammed artworks of recent years—the creation of the psychedelic, nonagenarian Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. White Cube presented an array of international works by Andreas Gursky (German), Theaster Gates (American) and Beatriz Milhazes (Brazilian).
13、riff (v.) on 翻唱
14、in a tribute to… 為紀念…而做
15、infinity 無限
16、psychedelic 迷幻的
17、nonagenarian 九十多歲的人
18、an array of 一系列
But not every artist, gallery and form showed to equal advantage in this alternative fair. Not surprisingly, simple two-dimensional works in bright colours came across best. No sculpture or conceptual art was included. Subtle pieces, such as Lucas Arruda’s impressionistic desert-scapes, which seem as much a mood or a state of mind as a physical depiction when you see them in real life, had little impact when viewed remotely.
19、show to equal advantage 表現同等優勢
20、two-dimensional works 2D平面作品
21、came across 表現得,讓人覺得,給人以…印象
22、sculpture or conceptual art 雕塑或概念藝術
23、subtle pieces 微妙的作品
24、impressionistic desert-scapes 印象主義沙漠風景
25、physical depiction 物理描繪
Besides depth and texture, there are aspects of gallery-hopping that a website is unlikely to replicate. One is serendipity— the sense of wandering between artworks and encountering the unexpected. Another is sociability. Art is a communion between artist and viewer, but galleries and fairs are also places to swap opinions and share enthusiasms.
26、gallery-hopping 逛美術館
27、replicate 複製
28、serendipity 意想不到
29、sociability 社交力
30、a communion between …之間的交流
31、swap opinions and share enthusiasms 交換意見和分享熱情
There are ways to compensate for these inevitable deficiencies. As they shut their physical doors, some of the world’s finest galleries and museums are offering whizzy interactive visits, 360-degree videos and walk-around tours of their collections, all without queues and high ticket prices. One of the best is laid on by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; its tour allows visitors to view its Vermeers and Rembrandts, including the magnificent “Night Watch”, far more closely than would normally be possible. Another standout offering is from the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, which has an even broader collection. On its virtual platform, its paintings, spanning 700 years, appear to be hanging in an open-plan space, seemingly suspended on glass panels, or “crystal easels” as the museum calls them, ideal for close-up inspection.
32、compensate 彌補
33、inevitable deficiency 不可避免的缺陷
34、whizzy interactive visits 令人眼花繚亂的互動參觀
35、walk-around tours 藏品巡展
36、standout 引人注目的
37、virtual platform虛擬平臺
38、span 700 years橫跨700年
39、suspend on glass panels 懸掛在玻璃板上
40、crystal easels 水晶畫架
41、close-up inspection 近距離觀察
But such wizardry may be beyond most galleries and artists. For Art Basel, Tracey Emin, a British artist at White Cube, exhibited a heartfelt demand spelled out in icyblue neon: “Move me”. At a distance, that is hard.
42、wizardry 魔力
43、a heartfelt demand 一個發自內心的要求
44、neon light 霓虹燈
Art and culture are the silent victims of social crises. While digital devices have provided alternative modes of communication between art providers and audiences, can virtual tours replace physical visits? How can digital galleries develop to fully engage their audiences? After coronavirus pandemic, what are the challenges for both online and physical exhibitions?