The Future of Contemporary Ink Painting


Evening panel discussion with Dr. Britta Erickson, Independent Curator; Dr. Kuiyi Shen, Director, Chinese Studies Program, University of California, San Diego; Zheng Chongbin, Contemporary Ink Artist; Tony Godfrey, Director of Research, Sotheby's Institute

The four-person panel will discuss contemporary ink painting and take a forward-looking view of the practice. The different lines of discourse will place the medium of ink within the context of international contemporary art, contemporary Chinese art, and the tradition of Chinese ink painting itself.

Dr. Britta Erickson is an independent scholar and curator based in Palo Alto, California. She has taught at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley and curated major exhibitions in the US on Chinese contemporary art. She was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 2006 to conduct research in Beijing on the Chinese contemporary art market. In 2007, she co-curated the Chengdu Biennial, which focused on ink art. In 2010, she was a contributing curator for Shanghai: Art of the City at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Dr. Kuiyi Shen is Director of the Chinese Studies Program at UC San Diego. Also a Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, his research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese art and Sino-Japanese art exchanges in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has published extensively and his major publications include Between the Thunder and the Rain: Chinese Paintings from the Opium War to the Cultural Revolution, Shanghai Modern, Film and Change in China, and Art and China's Revolution. The exhibitions he has curated include A Century in Crisis: Tradition and Modernity in the Art of Twentieth Century China at the Guggenheim Museums and the 2007 Chengdu Biennial.

Zheng Chongbin is a contemporary ink artist. Born in Shanghai, he currently divides his time between California and Shanghai. Zheng studied Chinese painting at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) and earned his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. Zheng mainly works in the medium of ink and wash. His work has been widely exhibited in China, the US, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Tony Godfrey (moderator) is Director of Research at Sotheby's Institute Asia. An author, academic and curator, he has taught contemporary art at Exeter Art School, Oxford University, and New York University. His books include New Image in Painting (1986), Drawing Today (1991), Conceptual Art (1998), and most recently Painting Today (2009).

Sponsors: Sotheby's, Ooi Botos

Media Partner: International Herald Tribune

Event Details

Mon 23 May 2011
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

agnès b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai

Free admission; registration required (please contact
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