Contemporary Ink Painting and Art Historical Perspectives

All day
Through September 22, 2010

Sep. 21

Organizer: Wu Hong (Department of Art History), in collaboration with the Institute of Visual Studies, Beijing University and the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, He Xiangning Art Museum.

Contemporary ink painting (often dubbed “experimental ink painting”) is an important branch of contemporary Chinese art and art history that has emerged over the past 30 years out of intense and diverse experimentation by artists, and through dynamic interaction with international modern and contemporary art. The Conference on Ink Painting and Art Historical Perspectives, held at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, brought together academics, historians, and curators from across China and the United States to discuss the identity and future of this art form.

The key issue under discussion was: “How can ink painting continue to evolve as a distinct indigenous art tradition, while transcending its local context, and find a place in globalized modern and contemporary art?” This question is not limited to China, but has a crucial significance in thinking about the fate of any indigenous non-Western art tradition.

The event was held on September 21st and 22nd and was organized by UChicago Chaired Professor Wu Hong, in conjunction with Shenzhen’s He Xiangning Art Museum, the Center for Visual Studies at Peking University, and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal.

Contemporary Ink Painting and Art Historical Perspectives International Symposium

Organizers: He Xiangning Art Museum, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Center for Visual Studies Peking University, The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Symposium Curator: Wu Hong

Hosted by Wu Hong, LaoZhu, Huang Zhuan

Dates: September 21-22, 2010

Location: The University of Chicago in Beijing, 20th Floor, Culture Plaza, 59A Zhong Guan Cun Street, Haidian District, Beijing, China.

Sep 21 9:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m.

Opening Address: Le Zhengwei (He Xiangning Art Museum)

1. Rethinking on History(Sep 21 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. )

Host: Wu Hong

1)      Britta Lee Erickson (Stanford University): The Need for the New in Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting

2)      Kuiyi Shen (University of California, San Diego): Ink as Cultural Identity

3)      Julia Andrews (Ohio State University): Guohua Revivals in an Internationalizing Cultural World

Discusant: Maxwell K.(Mike)Hearn(Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

2. Ink and Terms(Sep 21 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Host: LaoZhu (Peking University)

1)      Zhou Yan (Kenyon College, Ohio State University): Ink Art, Quasi-Abstraction and Eastern Perspective of Universe

2)      Lu Mingjun (History and Tourism Department, Si Chuan University): Calligraphy in Experimental Ink: the Generation of Terms and the Narration of Intellectual History

3)      He Guiyan (Si Chuan Fine Arts Institue): Subversion and Reconstruction: Transition and Breakthrough of the Contemporary Ink Painting

Discussant: Wang Nanming (Critic)

3. New Perspectives of Art Criticism(Sep 22 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Host: Huang Zhuan (He Xiangning Art Museum OCT Contemporary Art Terminal)

1) LaoZhu: Ink Space in Art History

2) Yan Shanchun (Shenzhen Fine Art Institue): Lines as a Concept and Interest: Thinking on the Issue of Contemporary Ink Painting

3) Yang Xiaoyan (The School of Communication and Design, Sun Yet-sen University): Public Ink and Private Joke: Analysis on the Meanings of Ink Portrait

Disscusant: Pi Daojian (Department of Art, South China Normal University)

4. The International Characteristics of Ink Art(Sep 22 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Host: Wu Hong

1)      Alexandra Munroe (Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum): Ink Attitudes

2)      Liu Xiaochun (Graduate School of China Art Academy): On Mo Xiang(Bokusho)

3)      Shen Yubing (College of Media and International Culture, Zhe Jiang University): Huang Binhong and Collage – On How Chinese Painting being Internationalizing

Disscusant: Lü Peng (The Department of Art History and Theories, China Academy of Art)

5. Round Table Conference(Sep 22 4:30 p.m-6:00 p.m..)

Host: Wu Hong, LaoZhu, Huang Zhuan

Disscusants: Britta Lee Erickson, Kuiyi Shen, Julia Andrews, Maxwell Hearn, Zhou Yan, Lu Mingjun, He Guiyan, Yan Shanchun, Yang Xiaoyan, Alexandra Munroe, Liu Xiaochun, Shen Yubing, Wang Nanming, Gu Wenda, Lü Peng, Pi Daojian






地点:北京海淀区中关村大街甲59号文化大厦20层 芝加哥大学北京中心



酒店电话:010-6849 8888

2010年9月21日 9:30-9:40



主持:巫鸿 (芝加哥大学)

1)林似竹(Britta Lee Erickson)(美国斯坦福大学)“当代中国水墨画创新的需求”

2)沈揆一 (Kuiyi Shen)(美国加州大学圣地亚哥分校)“作为文化身份的水墨”

3)安雅兰 (Julia Andrews) (美国俄亥俄州立大学)“国际化文化界下的国画复兴”

评论:何慕文  Maxwell K.(Mike)Hearn (美国纽约大都会美术馆亚洲部)



1)鲁明军(四川大学历史文化学院) “实验水墨中的‘书写’:话语生成与思想史叙事”

2)周彦(Zhou Yan)(美国俄亥俄州肯尼恩文理学院) “水墨 · 类抽象 · 东方宇宙观”

3)何桂彦(四川美术学院) “颠覆与重建:当代水墨的变迁与突破”

评论: 王南溟 (自由批评家)



朱青生 “艺术史中的水墨空间”





主持: 巫鸿

亚历山大·门罗(Alexandra Munroe )(古根汉姆美术馆亚洲部)“水墨态度”

刘骁纯(中国艺术研究院美术研究所) “墨象论

沈语冰(浙江大学传媒与国际文化学院) “黄宾虹VS拼贴:论中国画‘入世’的途径”





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