Ink Diversity

Jan. 9, 2021-Feb. 6, 2021

Artist / Inoue Yuichi, Zao Wou Ki, Xu Bing, He Xiangyu

Ink, a unique medium for Eastern painting, began in the Mid-Tang Dynasty and contains the roots of Chinese fine arts and aesthetics for more than a thousand years. The evolution of ink art starting with Xie He's "Gu hua pin lu" (古畫品錄) in the Southern Dynasties, Xie He proposed Six Essentials of Chinese ink paintings as the aesthetic standard of traditional ink art. In the 1950s, by the deepening of Abstract Expressionism influences, Chinese ink art now addresses modernity through a revolutionary new artistic language, Chinese artists are now negotiating culture differences between the duality of “Western/Oriental" and “Traditionalism/Modernism". The Postmodernism and globalization in the 1960s opened a new chapter in contemporary art. Through subversive new thinking and experimental rebellion, the artists inspired rich expressions and appearances in the content and form of ink painting. The “Ink Diversity" from Tso Gallery presents the diverse and varies facets and potential of Chinese ink painting of the 20th century. The participating artists are Inoue Yuichi (1916-1985), Zao Wou-ki (1921-2003), Xu Bing (1955- ), and He Xiangyu (1986- ).