[my review of the exhibition--along with many wonderful images--can be seen online at www.rickrubens.com/Wu.htm]
Nancy and I just got a quick look at a fabulous exhibition at the Asia Society of works by Wu Guanzhong—an amazing painter we ‘discovered’ at the Hong Kong Museum of Art during our trip to the Urban Age conference there last November. (I am regretting more and more that I have not yet gotten to write up our touring Hong Kong [although I did write up the conference proper: www.rickrubens.com/hk.htm]; it is really an incredible city.) I put ‘discovered’ in quotes, as it turns out Wu Guanzhong (吳冠中), who died at 90 in 2010, is an extremely famous painter, considered by many to be the father of modern Chinese painting. His obituary in the Hong Kong South China Morning Post described him as “one of the most important figures of 20th-century Chinese art”; and the NY Times just a few days ago ran an article by Jane Perlez (“China Extends Reach Into International Art”) which features Wu and this exhibition.
We cannot wait to get back to the Asia Society to spend more time in this great exhibition, Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong, and I encourage you to do so as well. (See my complete review of the exhibition--along with many wonderful images--online at www.rickrubens.com/Wu.htm.) It is on until 5 August 2012:
24 April 2012 - 5 August 2012
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021
New York, NY 10021
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, with extended evening hours Fridays until 9:00 pm (except for July 1 through Labor Day, when it closes at 6:00 pm on Fridays). The Museum Galleries are closed on Mondays.
Wu Guanzhong went to Paris to study at the École Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-arts in 1947. He returned to China in 1950, bringing with him many aspects of Western art, but returning to traditional Chinese themes and techniques as well. He was sent to a labor camp during the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, and many of his earlier works were destroyed; his career did not actually takeoff until the late 70s.
Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong, organized by the Shanghai Art Museum (to which Wu donated 113 of his works in 2008) and Asia Society Museum, displays 54 examples of his work from the mid-1970s to 2004, focusing on his works in the medium of ink.
Go to my review of the exhibition online at www.rickrubens.com/Wu.htm