The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, October 22, 2014


MFAH Opens Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery October 17
HOUSTON, TX.- The Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery will open to the public on Sunday, October 17, providing a permanent space of three adjoining rooms to showcase the museum´s growing collection of Chinese artwork. Stunning examples of ancient and contemporary art will be displayed side by side in an innovative juxtaposition. Objects in the gallery will range from Zhou and Shang bronze ware, ceramics, and painting and calligraphy to video and installation pieces.

This gallery will also feature the first of four permanent, site-specific works for the Asian galleries by major contemporary artists. A monumental landscape by Cai Guo-Qiang, created in Houston just prior to the gallery´s opening, will line the walls of the largest of the three rooms. The design and materials in the gallery were chosen to reflect a distinctively Chinese aesthetic. To direct people to the new gallery during opening week, a banner will hang in Cullinan Hall featuring a calligraphic depiction of the character guan, meaning "to view," created by calligrapher and professor of Chinese art at Boston University, Bai Qianshen.

At the entrance to the gallery a 20th-century painting by Wu Changshi (1844-1927), Flowering Vine (undated), will be paired with four hanging scrolls by the 16th century artist Wen Zhengming (1470-1559). Wu was trained as a calligrapher but after age 50 turned to painting, after he met a painter who admired his calligraphic stroke and encouraged him to paint. Flowering Vine is an important work that shows the artist´s talent at the height of his painting career. Wen Zhengming was regarded as one of the Suzhou area´s leading painters, and was also a great calligrapher, poet, and painter. He and his teacher Shen Zhou (1427—1509) founded the Wu school of literati painting. Flowering Vine and the set of four calligraphy scrolls are on long-term loan to the museum from the Richard Fabian Collection. A full-scale exhibition of the Fabian collection will be mounted at a later date. A large bronze Ritual Vessel (Ding) (Eastern Zhou Dynasty, early 5th century B.C.), used to heat and serve meat during ritual feasts and royal banquets, will be placed at the end of the hall before one enters the main room.

This entry room opens into the largest of the three Arts of China gallery spaces, where Cai Guo-Qiang´s commission, his first permanent, site-specific installation in a U.S. museum, will line the walls. Spanning 42 panels totaling 10 by 162 feet, the work will be created the week before the gallery´s opening in a Houston warehouse, first sketched, then layered with gunpowder and finally, ignited. The finished piece, Odyssey, will depict a mountain in the northwest corner and mist-enshrouded flora and fauna wrapping around the rest of the room, culminating in a Chinese garden in the southeast corner. According to Cai, Odyssey is intended to embody the tranquility of a literati painting, so as to best showcase the objects displayed on pedestals within the space.

Placed in the gallery, surrounded by Odyssey, will be a carved limestone Avalokitesvara (Northern Zhou dynasty (557-581) to Sui dynasty (581-618)), standing just over two feet tall and portraying a bodhisattva or enlightened being. The figure wears stylized draped garments associated with the Northern Wei period, but his heavy-lidded eyes and high nose are typically associated with Indian and Central Asian depictions, thus synthesizing foreign and Chinese styles and representing cultural exchange. A painted earthenware Figure of a Courtesan (Tang dynasty, 618-906), standing just under two feet high, depicts a woman of the emperor´s court who represents the ideal feminine beauty of her day. Two beautiful bronzes will stand with the two sculptures: a beaker from the 12th century used to offer wine to the spirits, and a 13th century B.C. tripod.

In addition to Odyssey, two more contemporary works will be on view at any given time (as the contemporary works will be displayed on a rotating basis). At the gallery´s opening, four books from Xu Bing´s (b. 1955) Books from the Sky (1987-1991) series will be prominently displayed with the sculptures and bronzes. A contemporary artist who was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Award, Xu focuses on language and meaning. Trained as a printmaker during the revolution, Xu saw the Chinese writing system change throughout his life (from a time when traditional characters were the standard to the rise of simplified Chinese). To create Book from the Sky the artist spent three years carving thousands of characters— but each with strokes missing and thus rendered illegible and meaningless.

Yang Fudong (b. 1971) questions the status and role of young intellectuals in China today through a reinterpretation of an ancient story: a group of 3rd-century Daoist Chinese scholars and poets withdraw from society to write, make music, admire nature and drink wine. Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, Part 1 (2003) will screen on a continuous loop in the third gallery room, portraying seven 21-year-old intellectuals exploring Huangshan, a sacred mountain in China. The mountainous landscape in the video will complement Cai´s gunpowder drawing landscape in the adjoining room. To learn more about the video, visit http://www.mariangoodman.com/artists/yang-fudong/ or http://www.yangfudong.com/artwork/newfilm.htm.

Two more artworks will be on view in the room with the Yang Fudong video. Cizhou Wine Jar Painted with Birds and Bamboo, a stoneware piece from the Yuan Dynasty (1297-1368), adorned with a bamboo and magpie motif, will be paired with a Scholar´s table screen (Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th century), a double-sided steatite table screen enclosed in a Qing dynasty (1644-1912 CE) red sandalwood frame. The screen is carved with elaborate scenes, depicting a mythical beast called a qilin on one side and courtiers and officials engaged in scholarly pursuits as they relax in an idyllic garden.

MFAH | Ting Tsung | Wei Fong Chao |




Today's News

September 28, 2010

Is Maurizio Cattelan Giving Business the Finger with His 11-Meter High Installation?

Francis Bacon Painting Shown Alongside Artist's Favorite Work

Victoria & Albert Museum at Dundee Designs Unveiled

Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down in Kensington Gardens

Virginia Museum Announces Important Picasso Exhibition

Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads/Circle of Animals at the Sao Paulo Biennale

Laurie Anderson Says Museums Losing Cachet to Web

Yinka Shonibare Creates a Work for the Campaign Against Cuts

AIA Selects Four Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

Masterworks by Fontana and De Chirico Lead Sotheby's Auction

Park Avenue Armory Announces First Full Artistic Season

"Persistence of Memory" to Join Dalí Exhibition at the High

Scaasi: American Couturier at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Photos of Gandhi on Momentous Day in Indian History for Sale at Bonhams

Frieze Art Fair Launches Free iPhone App

Kohl's Donates More than $2.7 Million to Milwaukee Art Museum

Son in NY Dead Sea Scrolls Case: There's No Crime

Ron Terada: Who I Think I Am at The Hayward Gallery Project Space

Josef Albers Museum Opens Exhibition of the Last Paintings Made by Ad Reinhardt

Seoul Auction to Offer Superlative Western & Asian Art in October

First Comprehensive Solo Exhibition in Europe for Tobias Madison Opens

American Pioneers of Color at Galerie Edwynn Houk Zur Stockeregg

Aaron Curry's Mmnktlplkt at Michael Werner Gallery

Most Acclaimed Rembrandt Portrait on Rare Display

Artist John Bock Defies Logic at CAC Malaga

Forced Labor: The Germans, the Forced Laborers, and the War

Kara Walker to Be Honored at Brooklyn Museum

CU Art Museum Presents Inaugural Exhibition Program

Sunday Art Fair to Be Held in London at the P3 Ambika Space

Sotheby's Photography Auction to Benefit George Eastman House

MoMA Announces 8th Festival of Film Preservation

Sanaugavut: Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic

MFAH Opens Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery October 17

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Vibrant Scenes of Italy by Maurice Prendergast on View at Houston's MFA

MFA Houston Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Man's Landing on the Moon



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site