Wang Dongling 王冬龄, ‘Being Open and Empty 守白’, 2005, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013-14

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of the artist, 2013 (2013.188.2)

About Wang Dongling 王冬龄

A prominent modernist Chinese calligrapher, Wang Dongling is associated with the ’90s experimental ink movement, which elevated the form of gestural markings over content. Wang, however, shares the performative concerns of traditional calligraphy, which places emphasis on the act of writing as an expression of the relationship between art and the body. He experiments with his use of brush, and the movements of his fingertips, wrists, arms, and his entire body.

Chinese, b. 1945, Jiangsu Province, China, based in Hangzhou, China