Jizi: Journey of the Spirit
17 Jan 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
329 Broome St
New York, NY 10002
Jizi: Journey of the Spirit, a memorial retrospective curated with the artist’s son, Chunchen Wang, presents a selection of Jizi’s large-scale ink paintings and a monumentally-sized, rarely seen scroll. Jizi’s work confronted the legacy of the Revolution’s antipathy to religion and traditional Chinese philosophy. Deeply interested in the spirit, the artist’s work contains a strong metaphysical strain and sheds light on the complex, and at times contradictory, impulses at work in contemporary Chinese art and culture.
A largely self-taught artist, Jizi synthesized the techniques of traditional Chinese ink painting with individual expression culled from Western modernist art; in turn, New York-based Abstract Expressionists such as Kline, Motherwell, and Dzubas drew influence from traditional Chinese ink painting. These overlapping strands can claim particular resonance for New York audiences.
Curated by Thomas Rose and Dr. Wang Chunchen; with Dr. Lyndel King, Director, Weisman Museum of Art (WAM), University of Minnesota; Diane Mullin, Curator of Special Projects, WAM
Organized for WhiteBox by Juan Puntes, Founder and Artistic Director
Jizi: Journey of the Spirit is the latest exhibition in WhiteBox’s Seminal Artist Series, which for 20 years has highlighted major artists from around the world, known for their innovation, experimentation, and unbridled creative expression, but whose reputation in New York has been relatively obscure.
Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.
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