Beijing-based art gallery INK studio is a leader in representing artists who profoundly and radically reinvent Chinese artistic and philosophic traditions through practices that are also deeply relevant to global contemporary art. Our participation in Ink Asia provides a rare opportunity for art lovers in Hong Kong to explore the breadth of INK studio’s program and see major works by some of the most important artists working in this vein today.
This year’s exhibition examines the wide range of notions of abstraction employed in contemporary Chinese ink art, from Li Jin, Yang Jiechang and Chen Haiyan who use the brush as an index of the artists themselves, to Zheng Chongbin and Bingyi whose artworks are “resonant” with nature, to metaphoric images by Huang Zhiyang and Tai Xiangzhou. Of particular note are the rare avant-garde calligraphy from the mid-1980s by Yang Jiechang, whose art is heavily featured in the ongoing Guggenheim New York exhibition “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World”; newly created works by Zheng Chongbin, whose first museum solo exhibition opened in October at Asia Society Texas Center, and whose newly acquired work Unfolding Landscape is shown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ongoing exhibition “Streams and Mountains Without End”; as well as a wide selection of works from Li Jin’s new monochrome series entitled Being. These ideas will be elaborated in a talk by INK studio co-founder Craig Yee on December 17th at 2:00 p.m.