The Art of Ink in America: Gesture and Beyond, An East/West Exhibition of Contemporary Calligraphy

When 21 Nov 2013 - 30 Dec 2013
Where Godwin-Ternbach Museum
Queens College 65-30 Kissena Boulevard 405 Klapper Hall
Queens, NY 11367
United States
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Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

The Art of Ink in America Society (AIAS) members return to New York after their previous 2011/2012 exhibitions in Manhasset, NY and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Approximately 50 new works by 32 and five invited artists will be on view.

The abstract and avant-garde pieces on view demonstrate the many different forms and innovative techniques available to contemporary ink painters. Since its inception almost twenty years ago, the Society has exhibited in East Asia, Europe, and North America and has grown to include artists from China, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Romania, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.

New York was one of the first cities where modern, abstract calligraphy took root, inspired by a major retrospective of Abstract Expressionism in the 1990s. Up to that point, there was little appreciation of its development, with the focus remaining on traditional Asian calligraphy. At that time a Japanese gallery owner commented, “It is a surprise and a brave achievement that this kind of new calligraphy is being shown in Manhattan.” Since then, with piqued interest in abstract calligraphy, it is particularly meaningful that Gesture and Beyond returns to New York, where contemporary calligraphy first received recognition. Abstract calligraphy has flowered all over the world, and Gesture and Beyond shows why.

“It goes without saying that today gestural calligraphy is considered a ‘high’ art form,” says Amy Winter, Director of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. “In the modern era, calligraphy has become a highly valued aesthetic practice standing on its own merits apart from any verbal or symbolic meaning, embraced globally, as is evident in the diversity of the participating artists. This year, the exhibition also incorporates a special section in honor of the Society’s founder, “Hanong,” pen name of the late Dr. Sun Wuk Kim (1929-2012), showing five works never previously displayed. A full-color catalogue accompanying the exhibition includes the work of participating members and five invited artists.

Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond in the main gallery is accompanied in the museum’s upper gallery by a five-day showing of Masterworks of Hangeul Script by “Aram”, Dr. Yoo Sung Lee. These works illustrate different calligraphy styles developed over time, which are outstanding in both visual and emotional expression.

This exhibition has been made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Community Bank, the Research Center for Korean Community and Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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