Art Focus
Lecture Series 2010

Innovations In Ink Painting: Qing Dynasty to Modern China
Wednesday, March 24
4:15 pm to 6:15 pm

Britta Erickson is an independent scholar and curator.  She has taught at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley and has curated major exhibitions at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. and at the Cantor Arts Center. In 2007, she co-curated the Chengdu Biennial which focused on ink art. Current projects include producing the contemporary section of the Shanghai exhibition that will open at the Asian Art Museum in early 2010 and working on a future exhibition of ink-related contemporary Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Certain circles of later Qing dynasty painters generated a new way of thinking, the most important being a new view of the artificiality of art. This profound change led to a flattening of the pictorial space, a focus on the paper’s surface, the incorporation of “found” objects into painting compositions, and the production of trompe-l’oeil images. One hundred years later, artists have once again radically rethought the possibilities inherent in ink painting, influencing contemporary media such as video, installation, photography, and oil painting.

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