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Robert Adanto
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  • Los Angeles
  • United States
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College / University
New York University
Program / Degree
May 25, 1994
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Artist, Curator, Producer
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Film, Performance, Video
I am...
The Rising Tide is the directorial debut for independent documentary filmmaker Robert Adanto, who earned his MFA in Acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently working on two other documentary projects: a short film set in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second project that took him to Tehran in December.

From 1995 to the present day, he has taught an interdisciplinary humanities course at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, as well as a course celebrating his literary mentor William Shakespeare. In 2007, Mr. Adanto was the recipient of the National Association for Independent Schools’ Leading Edge Award for Global Sustainability, for the AIDS education and activism program he founded in 2006, the Crossroads Teen AIDS Ambassadors.
About my artwork
The scene of the greatest economic and cultural metamorphosis of our time, China is not only at the center of the world's attention but has arguably the most vital, imaginative, and uncontainable art scene in the world. The Rising Tide investigates China's meteoric march toward the future through the work of some of its most talented emerging artists, whose work reflects the country's rising influence as an economic, political and cultural force in the global arena.

In recent years, Chinese artists, especially those working in photography and video, have gained international recognition for their powerful works capturing the social and aesthetic confusion created in a rapidly changing society. To the Chinese avant-garde, materialism is all pervasive, and the dominant consumer culture has altered people's mentalities. Interestingly, their work, influenced by Western ideals and art practice, remains distinctly Chinese in its content and aesthetic.

Produced within the dual context of globalization and urbanization, the work of artists Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin, Birdhead, and Zhang O examines the collision between the present and the future, and the confusion and ambiguity that characterize the new China. Their work is often a stunned attempt to deal with the dynamic and tectonic forces transforming China. The Rising Tide captures this momentous time in China's history while exploring the work of artists, who comment with intelligence, wit, foreboding and nostalgia.
Artists I like
Francis Bacon
Albrecht Durer
Neo Rauch
Gerd Ludwig
The Ocean
Red Wine
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
China Now! in the UK
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