Pepe Karmel to Speak at Asia Society, Friday, November 18

10 Nov

Asian Abstractions/Global Contexts

Symposium on the legacy of Zao Wou-ki and other East Asian Diasporic artists on 20th Century Art

Zao Wou-Ki. Hommage à Chu Yun—05.05.55 Homage to Chu Yun—05.05.55. 1955.

Zao Wou-Ki. Hommage à Chu Yun—05.05.55 Homage to Chu Yun—05.05.55. 1955. Oil on canvas. 76 3⁄4 × 51 1⁄8 in. (195 × 130 cm).Private collection, Switzerland. Photography by Dennis Bouchard.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki” and co-organized with Colby College Museum of Art, this symposium considers the significant contributions of Zao Wou-Ki and other diasporic East Asian artists to the international abstraction movement during the middle of the twentieth century. These artists lived and worked between two cultures and paved the way for the generation of East Asian artists active in the global art world today. Speakers will address a number of different issues related to East Asian culture in the work of these artists, including the role of East Asian ink painting and calligraphic traditions in abstract art, and the coalescence of Asian and western techniques within postwar painting. Keynote address by Eric Lefebvre, Director, Cernuschi Museum, Paris. Confirmed speakers include: Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Cornell University; Francesca Dal Lago, art historian and critic; Robert Harrist, Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art, Columbia University; Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History New York University and Shen Kuiyi, Professor, Art History, Theory, & Criticism, University of California, San Diego.

Followed by a reception.

Part of Asia Contemporary Art Week.

2:30-6:00 pm Symposium
6:00-8:00 pm Reception
6:00-9:00 pm Galleries open for exhibition viewing

Co-organized with Colby College Museum of Art.


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