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Remapping Ink Painting: A Contemporary Evolution

Principles of Form and Design by Wucius Wong, published by John Wiley, New York.
Principles of Form and Design by Wucius Wong, published by John Wiley, New York.

Presented by the A/P/A Institute at NYU in collaboration with Para Site, hosted at the Spring Workshop.
3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Reception begins at 5:30PM; Talk begins promptly at 6PM.
This public conversation on painting with artists Wucius Wong and Lam Tung-pang, renown art scholar Mayching Kao, and M+ curator of contemporary Asian art Pauline Yao, and moderated by Mark Dean Johnson explores the ways in which ink painting has evolved in the Asian diaspora internationally. Wong has long been a leading figure in both Hong Kong and the US credited with a rebirth of ink painting. Lam continuously questions the art historical narratives and art school legacies of ink painting in his work. The discussion will weigh in on ink painting’s influence on the works of these artists and their relationship to painting, Hong Kong, the transnational experience, and the notions of tradition, the contemporary, and the modern.

Wucius Wong was born 1936 in Guangdong Province, China. Studied art and design in the United States from 1961 to 1965. Resided in New Jersey from 1986 to 1996. Awarded study grant by the John D. Rockefeller III Fund in 1971, Emeritus Fellowship by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1998, and Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal by the SAR Government in 2007. Worked as Assistant Curator of the City Museum and Art Gallery, and Principal Lecturer of the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic. Represented in the Sao Paulo Biennial of Brazil in 1961, the Shanghai Biennial in 1998, and the “China: 5,000 Years” presented by the Guggenheim Museum at New York in 1998 and at Bilbao in 1999. Retrospective exhibition presented by the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2006, and by the Macao Government in 2010. Work represented in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Shanghai Art Museum, National Art Gallery in Beijing, British Museum, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Minnesota Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Sackler Museum of the Harvard University, Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Lam Tung-pang was born and currently lives and works in Hong Kong. Lam studied Fine Art at The Chinese University of Hong Kong before undertaking an MA at Central St Martins College of Art, London in 2004. He has been awarded numerous scholarship and awards, including Arts Scholarship from Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2003) and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards (2009).

Lam’s work are mostly related to specific situations or social contents and some of them are in monument scale by given a touch of humanity. He has exhibited extensively world-wide and has work in many private and public collections, including Deustche Bank, Hong Kong Museum of Art and commission work by Hong Kong Legislative Council. In 2012, he was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and outstanding contributions to the development of culture and arts by The Secretary for Home Affairs, Hong Kong.

Mayching Kao is the former dean at the Open University of Hong Kong. Prior to serving as dean, she worked for the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a professor of fine arts, the head of the graduate division of fine arts, and the director of the art museum from 1972 to 1998. As a scholar, she specializes in Chinese painting with an emphasis on the Ming, Qing, modern and contemporary periods, as well as cross-cultural influences and art education. She is the editor of publications including Twentieth-Century Chinese Painting.

Pauline J. Yao is Curator at M+, the new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong where she specializes in contemporary Asian art. She served previously as Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and in 2008 helped co-found the nonprofit art space Arrow Factory in Beijing. Yao is a former Fulbright Research grantee and the inaugural recipient of the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) for Art Criticism. Her writings have appeared in Artforum International, e-flux Journal, Frieze and in numerous edited volumes and catalogues. She has curated exhibitions in San Francisco, Beijing, Taipei and served on the curatorial team of the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial for Architecture and Urbanism. Yao is the author of In Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China (CCAA/Timezone 8 Books, 2008) and co-edited 3 Years: Arrow Factory (Sternberg Press, 2011).

Mark Dean Johnson is Professor of Art and Gallery Director at San Francisco State University (SFSU).  He has written extensively about Asian American art.  He is the Principal Editor and co-author of the reference anthology Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (2008: Stanford University Press), and was co-curator of the de Young Museum exhibition “Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970” as well as co-editor and co-author of the related catalog (2008: University of California Press).  He is also the Principal Editor and co-author of catalogs accompanying SFSU exhibitions including “Chang Dai-chien in California” (1999) and “The Moment for Ink” (2013).  He also authored catalog essays for many exhibitions, including several at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco, including “Dong Kingman in San Francisco” (2001) and “Martin Wong’s Utopia” (2004), as well as for museums in China including the Sichuan Museum in Chengdu (2012) and the Zhejiang Art Museum in Hangzhou (2013).  He co-directed the Asian American Art Project at Stanford University; was the Director of the California Asian American Art Project, funded by the NEA; and he has lectured on this topic at institutions including the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, China Institute in New York, Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA, and at many colleges, universities and conferences across the United States.

 

parasitelogos_3Screen shot 2013-06-24 at 2.13.18 PMThis special program is a part of the NYU Global Asia/Pacific Exchange and seeks to reach out to the art and wider Hong Kong community in a public dialogue.

An NYU Global Asia/Pacific Exchange public dialogue with support by the NYU Global Research Initiative. Co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and MA Program in Cultural Management, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: The Spring Workshop
Address:
3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
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