The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Christie's Hong Kong presents the first Chinese Contemporary ink exhibition titled Beyond Tradition
Li Huayi’s landscape strikes viewers with its intricate details of trees and rocks set against an expressive splashed ink background. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
HONG KONG.- Christie's presenting its first Chinese contemporary ink exhibition titled Beyond Tradition from November 22 to 27, 2012 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The exhibition features 18 works by leading artists in the field, including Liu Guosong, Li Huayi, Liu Dan, Gu Wenda, Xu Bing, Yang Jiechang, and Qiu Zhijie. This exhibition aims to examine this traditional medium through a modern lens and presents works that reinterpret the ink painting tradition and innovate in terms of technique, presentation and subject matter. By showcasing this particular group of artists, Christie’s introduces the new face of Chinese ink painting. The aim is to engage audiences in a dialogue on the ways in which works of art in a traditional medium can be innovative and be translated into the language of global contemporary art. This exhibition in Hong Kong will be followed by a series of Chinese contemporary ink private-sale exhibitions in 2013, starting with New York in March and Hong Kong in May.

For over a thousand years, the Chinese ink painting medium has been central to the development of China’s art history. Using brush, ink and paper, artists perfected their skills and depicted their universe, successfully intertwining the ink tradition and the unique aesthetics of Chinese art. Ink paintings, like all works of art, are a product of their society, embodying and creating viewpoints, provocations, and new horizons.

After a century of transformation that included great political, economic and cultural change, China is actively re-defining its identity and direction. When China opened its door to the world in the late 1970s, the course of its contemporary art trajectory also changed. Some artists quickly adopted once discarded Western techniques, but those who remained in the ink tradition found new ways to challenge the past and revive tradition. The artists represented in this exhibition were trained in traditional Chinese painting and most received education after China opened its door to the world in 1979. The artists were introduced to a variety of Western styles and techniques but decided upon the contemporary ink medium as their mode of expression.

Ben Kong, International Specialist Head of Chinese Paintings at Christie’s Hong Kong, commented: “In response to the rising interest and global demand, we are expanding what the department offers to include a comprehensive timeline of work, from the classical and modern to the contemporary. As we grow, we also continue to innovate and this season, Christie’s will present the works of seven artists who breathe new life into the traditional ink painting medium. This exhibition will introduce contemporary ink painting and build towards the development of an individual sales category at Christie’s. Contemporary ink painting has already received considerable interest in Europe and America, and is poised for success in Asia. During our autumn sales week, we will also feature a panel discussion examining the evolution of this dynamic category.”

THE ARTISTS
LIU GUOSONG (B. 1932)

Liu Guosong graduated from the Fine Arts Department of National Taiwan Normal University, where he studied traditional brush-and-ink and Western painting techniques. Encouraged by Liao Chi-Chun, Liu founded the “Fifth Moon Group” in 1956 to promote contemporary art in Taiwan. After experimentation with oil paintings, Liu switched to ink as his primary medium in 1961. In 1966 Liu became the first Taiwanese artist to be awarded a travel fund by the John D. Rockefeller III Foundation, enabling him to travel around the world and exhibit throughout the United States. He taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1971 until 1992. Liu also taught at the University of Iowa in 1975 and was a visiting artist at the Iowa Illinois Art Critics Association in 1980. Liu subsequently moved back to Taiwan in 1992 to teach at the Donghai University in Taichung. In 1996, he became the head of the Fine Arts Research Institute at the Tainan National University of the Arts until his retirement in 1999. Liu currently resides in Taipei.

Liu has participated in over a hundred solo exhibitions internationally to date, and has been featured in the Palace Museum, Beijing, Shanghai Museum of Art, Guangdong Art Museum (2007), National Art Museum, Beijing (2011), and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2012). He has also been included in a number of major group exhibitions at venues such as Yale University Gallery (1974) and the Guggenheim Museum, in both New York and Bilbao (1998). His paintings are in the collection of major museums and galleries, including the British Museum, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University.

YANG JIECHANG (B. 1956)
Yang Jiechang graduated from the Chinese Paintings Department at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. He spent time studying Taoism under the Taoist master Huangtao, and this experience has profound influence on his work. Yang’s first international recognition came with his participation in the exhibition, "Les Magiciens de la Terre" at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and “China Avant-Garde” in National Gallery, Beijing. Over the years Yang has been featured in many prestigious venues and large-scale international exhibitions, including Museum for Modern Art, Oxford (1993), Heidelberger Kunstverein (1996), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005), Shanghai Biennial (1998, 2012), Gwangju Biennial, Korea (2002), Venice Biennial (2003), Guangzhou Triennial (2003, 2005), Paris Triennial (2006), Liverpool Biennial (2006), and Istanbul Biennial (2007). Yang moved to France in 1988 and now lives and works between Paris, France and Heidelberg, Germany.

Yang Jiechang is proud to be Cantonese, and he is not shy about expressing this sentiment. Yang’s art work has transitioned from the abstract to being grounded in social critique over the last twenty years. His recent works such as the series Stranger than Paradise are bold, expressive and provocative. They confirm Yang’s foundation in classical Chinese ink painting as well as his views towards contemporary society.

GU WENDA (B. 1955)
Gu Wenda is among the most high-profile Chinese artists living abroad. He was one of the leading figures of the New Wave Art Movement, and graduated from the Shanghai School of Arts in 1976. In 1981, Gu received his M.F.A. from the China Academy of Arts, where he studied under the classical landscape painting master Lu Yanshao. He moved to the U.S. in 1987. Gu’s works are conceptual, creating pseudo- characters that are indecipherable and explore the power of the written word. His works have been exhibited extensively, notably at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, and most recently in July 2012 in “Ink: The Art of China” at the Saatchi Gallery, London. He lives and works in New York City.

LI HUAYI (B. 1948)
Li Huayi is a native of Shanghai. As a child, Li was attracted to Chinese painting and calligraphy and studied with Wang Jimei, the son of Wang Zhen. Later he learned from Shanghai school painter Zhang Chongren, who had received Western artistic training. In 1982, Li left China for San Francisco, where he enrolled in the San Francisco Academy of Art University and obtained a Master’s degree in 1984. Li took a deep interest in Buddhism, which is intricately related to the development of classical Chinese art. His subject matter is primarily landscape, with a style reminiscent of classical masterpieces from the Northern Song period. His works embody the spirit of the classical painting tradition, while thoroughly modernizing its methods. Li’s works have been exhibited in the Beijing Centre for the Arts (2011), Museum of Fine Art, Boston (2010), and the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (1984).

Li Huayi’s landscape strikes viewers with its intricate details of trees and rocks set against an expressive splashed ink background. He is clearly inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings, but continuously modernizes his style through influences such as splashed ink and abstract expressionism. His works contrast gongbi and xieyi within the same composition, embodying the elegance and subtlety of classical Chinese ink paintings with a splurge of light, space and energy rarely seen in the genre.

LIU DAN (B. 1953)
Liu Dan received training in traditional Chinese paintings at the Jiangsu Academy of Chinese Paintings, Hangzhou under renowned artist Ya Ming. In 1981, he moved to the United States and has since lived in Hawaii and New York, where he studied Western art. Liu’s background in classics, poetry, painting and calligraphy was fostered early on as a child under the guidance of his grandfather. Liu Dan has exhibited extensively around the world; recent notable exhibitions include “Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition for the Museum of Fine Arts” at the Boston Museum of Fine Art (2011), “Chinese Ink Paintings” at the British Museum (2012), and “Rochers de lettrés, itinéraires de l'art en Chine Musée Guimet, Paris (2012). Liu Dan moved back to China in 2006 and now resides in Beijing.

XU BING (B. 1955)
Xu Bing entered the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, in 1977. He eventually began to teach and acquired his Master of Fine Arts there. In 1989 he participated in the seminal Chinese contemporary art exhibition “China Avant-Garde” at the National Gallery, Beijing. A year later, Xu became an honorary fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and moved to the United States. Starting in 1993, the year in which Xu moved back to Beijing, he began to exhibit widely throughout the world and gained international prominence as an artist and educator.

Xu Bing’s works have been shown in many prestigious international museums and art exhibitions from the early 1990s on, including the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), Johannesburg and Kwangju Biennials (1997), Ludwig and Bonn Museums of Art, Germany, the Museum of Modern Art , New York (1999), Sydney Biennial (2000), Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (2001), Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Germany (2004), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2007), Expo 2010, Shanghai (2010). Xu Bing has also been awarded by many institutions for his contribution to the arts, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1998), the MacArthur Genius Grant (1999), 14th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (2003), Coca-Cola Fellowship (2004). Since 2007, Xu became the Vice President of his alma-mater Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

QIU ZHIJIE (B. 1969)
Qiu Zhijie graduated from the Printmaking Department of the National Academy of Fine Art in 1992. Versatile in photography, video and ink paintings, Qiu Zhijie has participated in a number of exhibitions and venues throughout the world, including the Guangdong Art Museum (2010, 1993), the Venice Biennale (2009), the 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (2009), Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (2005), Shanghai Biennale (2004), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2003), and Hong Kong City Hall (1993). Qiu’s works have been collected by both regional and international museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, National Gallery of Scotland, and the Ullens Foundation. His works have been collected by French fashion houses, such as Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. Apart from creating art, Qiu dedicates a significant amount of his time to writing about art. He also has experience in curatorial work and was the curator for the 2012 Shanghai Biennial.



Last Week News

November 24, 2012

Highlights from Sotheby's Old Master Paintings and Drawings Sales travel to Hong Kong

Beatles for sale: Tape Decca rejected resurfaces and is being auctioned by the Fame Bureau

Sotheby's Paris announces Impressionist & Modern Art Sale including two masterpieces by Picasso

After four years in the making, first major Francis Bacon exhibition in Australia opens

Internment camp letters, where 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry lived, found in Denver building

Christie's shares remarkable family insights into Djahanguir Riahi, an impassioned collector

Bonhams sets world record of £603,837 for an exceptional Leica Lexus 1 camera from 1930

Oklahoma Art League donates Nellie Shepherd's Lottie to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

A century of St. Ives art, from 1840 to 1940, goes on show at the Royal Cornwall Museum

Che Guevara: Images of the Revolution - Photographs from the Skrein Photo Collection opens at MdM Rupertinum

Humphrey Ocean: A handbook of modern life opens at the National Portrait Gallery in London

New images of important ancient sites in the Mediterranean by Domingo Milella on view at Brancolini Grimaldi

Record bids for orders and memorabilia from the Tsarist Empire at Hermann Historica oHG

Argentina exhibit combats violence against women

New paintings by Bodil Nielsen on view at Galleri Lars Olsen in Copenhagen

The Royal Academy of Arts wins the Walpole Award for British Cultural Excellence 2012

9.26 Carat GIA D/IF Type IIa diamond highlights Heritage Auctions jewelry event

Mead Carney announces a solo exhibition of work by Italian artist Brigitte Niedermair

Valencian Institute for Modern Art opens retrospective 'The Muses of Juan Ripollés'

November 23, 2012

Frida Kahlo's personal items come out of the closet for new exhibition at Casa Azul

Sotheby's inaugural Auction of Asian and Western Contemporary Art in Asia to be held on 3 December

Christie's London to offer works from the collection of businessman John Schaeffer

David Livingstone exhibition opens at National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

Turkey's Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay wants talks with France on 'stolen' antiques

Christie's announces African and Oceanic Art Sale to be held in Paris on 11 December

"Sam Francis: Works from the 1950s on paper and canvas" on view at Gallery Delaive

Christie's Latin American Sale in May 2013 to include a selection of works donated to the Americas Society

Bill Watterson published Calvin & Hobbes Sunday strip brings world record $203,150 at Heritage Auctions

Rhinoceros horn, furnishings, decorative finery in Michaan's Asian Auction

Boring work: Penn State University wormhole sleuth peeks into ancient beetle history

Gun from Australia's Kelly gang sells for $126,000 at Leski Auctions in Melbourne

Solo exhibition of work by New York artist Robert Sagerman on view at Brian Gross Fine Art

The Jewish Museum continues new exhibition series with Collection Tableaux

Letters and documents from The War of 1812 up for auction in Waddingtons.ca's Decorative Arts Auction

The Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane presents a survey exhibition of key works by Lawrence Carroll

Reward offered for stolen California rock carvings

Trash from Everest recycled into sculpture

Rare Carlos Sabrino Cuban painting found at auction

Second chapter of iPad and iPhone app series "Great Photographers" features William Klein

November 22, 2012

Bibliothèque nationale de France examines the life of the Rothschilds in the 19th century

Argentine experts from the Natural Sciences Museum of La Plata find giant penguin fossils in Antarctica

Study delivers new insights into Rembrandt's etching techniques, many printed after his death

Former secretary to Imelda Marcos charged in New York with art conspiracy

"John Bellany: A Passion for Life" retrospective opens at the Scottish National Gallery

Chinese Abstract painter Zao Wou-ki's twilight clouded by family feud over works

Researchers from Brigham Young University unlock ancient Maya secrets with modern soil science

Brooklyn Museum acquires Neoclassical portrait by Colonial Puerto Rican master José Campeche

Auction of rare books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg yields 540,000% return on Die Brücke artist catalog

Local collectors donate work by acclaimed sculptor David Smith to Columbus Museum of Art

Lincoln document on sale in Philly for $900,000

Rare Beatles autographs given during a late night card game to be sold at Campbells in December

German Santa car leads the parade of highlights at Bertoia's $2.1M Toybox Treasures auction

Jonathan Prince installs major sculpture at new Broad Art Museum

New sequence of Adam Silverman's highly acclaimed pots on view at Edward Cella Art + Architecture

India Art Fair announces its 5th Edition

Government Auction brings out the luxury goods for Black Friday

El Anatsui sculptural tapestry hung in Bloch Lobby at Nelson-Atkins Museum

Ayyam Gallery to expand into London and Jeddah

Captain Speedy goes to Ethiopia: Travel and Photography Sale at Bonhams includes rare images of empire

November 21, 2012

Pompidou pays tribute to one of the most complex and prolific artists of the 20th century

Archaeologial find debunks "Maya collapse" theory, Dzibanché inhabited until 13th century

Major exhibition of large-scale sculptures by Henry Moore opens at Gagosian in New York

Tel Aviv Museum hides art to protect it from rockets, moved nearly 200 works Friday

Sotheby's Latin American Art Sale totals $19.3 million, six artist records set

Stay tuned to Bonhams for the sale of the Richard Balsbaugh Collection of vintage radios

Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings Sale in London totals $13.2 million

Qatar Museums Authority's Orientalist Museum opens "The Art of Travel" exhibition

Exquisite works of art from the ancient world, antiquities on offer at Christie's Sale of Antiquities

Saatchi Gallery in London opens its first exhibition of contemporary Russian art

Ancient rock carvings stolen in Sierra Nevada, at least four petroglyphs hacked

Charlie Chaplin hat and cane net more than $62,000 at Bonhams this past weekend

Glasgow Boys masterpiece by Sir James Guthrie acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland

France bans access to 'end of world' refuge

Strong selection of fine writing instruments on the block at Bonhams this December

Sarah Morris' Mechanical Ballet on view at Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot

TEFAF Maastricht debut for six galleries

First major exhibition devoted to Peter Blake in the UK since 2007 opens at Waddington Custot Galleries

Revised statue of John Paul II inaugurated in Rome

Flea market find: $200 sculpture sells for $22,500 at Freeman's

November 20, 2012

Museo del Prado presents one of the largest exhibitions on Anthony Van Dyck held to date

Baltimore Museum of Art reopens newly renovated contemporary wing; first phase of $24.5M renovation

New insight into John Constable's studio practice discovered at Bonhams

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston unveils new arts of Korea gallery and exhibition of rare Buddhist paintings

Sotheby's to sell 17th-century amber games board with reputed Stuart royal provanance

Figure drawings by Anthony Caro and Jules Olitski on view in exhibition at FreedmanArt

Arte Laguna Prize widens the opportunities for artists and launches 2 new art residencies

Eight new exhibitors to be featured in the 2012 Winter Antiques Show to be held in January

Alice's Adventures in Antarctica: Carroll's books on board Scott's "Discovery" expedition offered

The Renaissance Society names Solveig Øvstebø its first new Executive Director in nearly 40 years

Boltanski's installation at the Carpenter Center is a meditation on memory and the passing of time

Small and large scale works by Julie Sass on view at Galleri Lars Olsen in Copenhagen

MW [Moment Magnitude]: Groundbreaking exhibition on view at the Frye Art Museum

Property from the Estate of San Francisco socialite John Triana leads auction at Bonhams

San Ildefonso etched redware jar brings $32,500 in Heritage Auctions American Indian Art event

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery expands notions of drawing in new exhibition

The Vinyl Factory announces the release of the debut album by Dinos Chapman, Luftbobler,

A selection of drawings and the debut of three interactive works by Björn Schülke at bitforms gallery

galerie antoine ertaskiran in Montreal showcases the work by Sayeh Sarfaraz

November 19, 2012

London's Wellcome Collection exhibition views death through artists' eyes

First exhibition in Australia dedicated to the Neo-Impressionists opens at the National Gallery of Victoria

Photograph of the Royal Family at Balmoral goes on display in Diamond Jubilee exhibition

Drawing's fundamental role as a catalyst and vehicle for change in art explored at Tate Liverpool

"Letters from Los Angeles: Text in Southern California Art" opens at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

American artist Spencer Finch presents a series of new works at Lisson Gallery in Milan

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Musée de Louvre announce major accord

Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition focuses on three decades of Matisse's dancers

1895 Cameo Morgan dollar highlights Heritage Auctions' U.S. Coins Signature Auction

Global cultural influences converge in new Jeffrey Gibson exhibition at Marc Straus

Jade hardstone carvings and Chinese ceramics, paintings and calligraphy on offer at Bonhams

Solo exhibition by artist and designer Mark Hearld opens at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Parrish Art Museum opens new building in Water Mill with Malcolm Morley exhibition

Art goes on tour during Sweden's Nationalmuseum renovations

Cooper-Hewitt launches Object of the Day to expand collection access

Jonathan Yeo's first portfolio of prints, featuring some of his most iconic sitters, on view at Eleven

Exhibition of installation, sculpture and collage by Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw at Allegra LaViola Gallery

Indianapolis Museum of Art open solo exhibition of commissioned works by local artist Lauren Zoll

Rare Parker Brothers A1 Special shotgun tops Bonhams fall arms sale in San Francisco

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 'World's oldest message in a bottle', tossed in sea 101 years ago, reaches granddaughter

2.- East-West/West-East: Qatar unveils desert sculpture by American artist Richard Serra

3.- Ming-era 'chicken cup' sells for $36.05 million breaking record for Chinese porcelain

4.- United States pastor Kevin Sutherland convicted over Damien Hirst fake paintings

5.- Major exhibition at Pinacothèque de Paris explores the myth of Cleopatra

6.- Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles opens with inaugural exhibition "Van Gogh Live!"

7.- Landmark exhibition opens in New York exploring the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia

8.- Palm-sized scroll that mentions Jesus's wife is ancient: Harvard Theological Review

9.- Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry: British television documentary

10.- Bonhams to sell Madame de Pompadour's favourite porcelain which surfaced in Devon after 350 years



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 Rmz. - 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