(Two Untitled Paintings) from the Spirit of Harmony

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Title

(Two Untitled Paintings) from the Spirit of Harmony

Subject

Arts; Arts-Painting;

Description

Acrylic on paper. 69 x 21 4/8 inches (each). The suite of works currently in the library is particularly lyrical in its treatment of color and form. For the most part, there is little to signify that these are Chinese paintings, which is part of what makes the inclusion of these in the project so useful. That is, in the transnational (art) world of the early 20th-century, what makes a work or an artist 'Chinese'? On the other hand, the pair of scolls (untitled in the checklist, but one of these is his Work with Joy, of 1974, which has been exhibited and published) plays off many traditions of Chinese painting, including the lengthy (narrative) handscroll painted on paper and mounted on cloth, even though it is executed in a style growing out of Abstract Expressionism. The mounting of the two scrolls conforms to tradition. Traditionally, such scrolls were kept rolled up, and to be viewed would be 'read' sequentially, unrolling a portion at a time as one viewed the entire work while holding; thus, viewing such a scroll was an intimite encounter with the work. The current display of the scrolls, where they hang, opened, in a tall vertical space, challenges those traditional notions of how such paintings would be viewed.
Donated by the artist.

Creator

Wang Ming, b. 1922

Contributor

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University

Rights

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

Format

Image/jpg

Type

Still image

Identifier

soclaa001014

Coverage

China
China - People's Republic of China 1949 - present
2000

Files

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Citation

Wang Ming, b. 1922, “(Two Untitled Paintings) from the Spirit of Harmony,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 15, 2017, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/1097.