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Art Lecture: Meditations on Ink: Identities and Expressions in East Asia

Dr. Aida Yuen Wong will present a public lecture, “Meditations on Ink: Identities and Expressions in East Asia,” on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Great Hall, Ferguson Center. Dr. Aida Yuen Wong is the Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Chair in Fine Arts, Professor of Fine Arts, and East Asian Studies at Brandeis University.Flier advertising Asian art lecture.

Stimulated by a recent exhibition of the painter and industrial designer Minol Araki (1928 – 2010) at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Dr. Wong will explore the adaptability of ink aesthetics to multiple identities and expressions in East Asia. As a Manchurian-born Japanese artist who studied with the preeminent Chinese master in Taiwan, Zhang Daqian, in the 1970s, Araki invites reflections on those aspects of ink painting (play, abstraction, calligraphism, and transculturalism) that have made this classical art form appealing to the modern eye. In addition, Dr. Wong will introduce technical and stylistic innovations since World War II which anticipate the conceptualism of contemporary “ink art.”

The talk is sponsored by Asian Studies, the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Religious Studies.

Featured image credit: Liu Kuo-sung, Lost in Thick Clouds, ink and color on paper, 1963. Hong Kong Museum of Art Collection