The Art Show 2018

Booth B14, Park Avenue Armory

New York, USA

February 27 – March 4, 2018

Yan Shanchun 严善錞
Over the Lake #2 湖上 #2
2016
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 亚克力、综合材料、画布
213 x 153 cm (83 3/4 x 60 1/4 in)

Yan Shanchun 严善錞
Over the Lake #06 湖上 #06
2016
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 亚克力、综合材料、画布
213 x 153 cm (83 3/4 x 60 1/4 in)

Yan Shanchun 严善錞
Over the Lake #19 湖上 #19
2016
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 亚克力、综合材料、画布
175 x 110 cm (68 3/4 x 43 1/4 in)

Yan Shanchun 严善錞
Over the Lake #24 湖上 #24
2016
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 亚克力、综合材料、画布
175 x 110 cm (68 3/4 x 43 1/4 in)

Wang Dongling 王冬龄 (b. 1945)
Zhuang Zi - Peripatetic庄子·逍遥游
2017
Ink on Xuan paper 纸本水墨
200 x 200 cm (78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in)

Wang Dongling 王冬龄 (b. 1945)
Su Shi – When Will the Moon Be Clear and Bright 苏轼·明月几时有
2015
Ink on watercolor paper 纸本水彩
76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 in)

Wang Dongling 王冬龄
Daoist Canon 道枢
2014
Ink on Xuan paper 纸面水墨
153 x 84 cm (60 1/4 x 33 in)

Wang Dongling 王冬龄
Yin and Yang 玄同
2014
Ink on Xuan paper 纸面水墨
153 x 84 cm (60 1/4 x 33 in)

For the 30th anniversary of ADAA’s Art Show, Chambers Fine Art is pleased to present the work of two distinguished artists: Wang Dongling, and Yan Shanchun

Wang Dongling is recognized as one of China’s foremost living calligraphers and Chambers will present a selection of recent works from his ongoing series of abstract ink-paintings on rice-paper. Yan Shanchun’s evocative mixed-media paintings border on abstraction. 

Born in 1957 in Hangzhou, Yan graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) in 1982, and thus belongs to the generation of artists who were the first to graduate after the academies were closed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Trained in traditional Chinese calligraphy, Yan Shanchun draws his thematic content from traditional Chinese art, the titles of his paintings and prints generally referring to famous landscape motifs in Hangzhou's West Lake district, yet his paintings hover on the edge of abstraction. In the paintings included in the exhibition, glimpses of the lake and its surroundings can be seen through multiple layers of pigment which range from thin ink washes to thicker applications of oil and acrylic applied with a palette knife.

Although Yan is fully cognizant of the long history of abstract painting in the West, he has been less concerned with rivaling these antecedents than in modifying their example to enrich the valued tradition of Chinese literati who cultivated the arts of calligraphy, painting and poetry in seclusion.

Wang Dongling is one of China’s most highly regarded ink artists. Trained in classical calligraphy, he studied at the progressive Zhejiang Academy and became increasingly involved in China’s avant-garde movement in the mid-1980s. While continuing to work in traditional styles, he also explores the abstract potential of calligraphy in freely brushed works that can be compared with Western gestural abstraction. Called Chaos Script, this series is considered a breakthrough in contemporary Chinese calligraphy, and he has been asked to perform this unique style of writing in a large-scale format at institutions around the globe. Chambers will present artworks that encompass both Wang’s large abstract brushstroke series and his Chaos Script series. The kinetic energy of these dynamic calligraphies provides an engaging counterpoint to the tranquil allure of Yan Shanchun’s West Lake imagery.

As part of the celebration of The Art Show’s 30th anniversary, Wang Dongling will be giving a special calligraphy performance on the opening day of the fair. The details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, February 28th  
Time: Performance will begin at 5:30pm
Venue: The Colonel’s Room, Park Avenue Armory

We look forward to seeing you at the fair.

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