Ink Gets An Update At The Met

Dec 17, 2013 5:07PM

For the first time in its history, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is devoting a major exhibition to Chinese contemporary art. Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China features 70 works spanning three decades. The artists in the exhibition, according to the Met’s website,  “have fundamentally altered inherited Chinese tradition while maintaining an underlying identification with the expressive language of the culture's past.”

Ink has been the dominant medium in Chinese art for over 2,000 years. But since the early 20th century, Chinese artists have explored new mediums art making techniques, while weaving in traditional motifs and practices in the process.

Other examples of Chinese works of art can be found at “A Passion for Collecting: A Selection of Works from the Michael D. Stevenson Collection”, an online-only sale at Christie’s running until December 18th.

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China will run through April 6th, 2014. 

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