Woodcuts in Modern China 1937-2008: Towards a Universal Pictorial Language

When 16 Sep 2010 - 5 Dec 2010
Where China Institute
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
United States
Enquiry 212 744 8181

Zhao Yannian, Rice Riot–The People are Angry, 1947, Woodcut printed with oil-based ink. Gift of Professor and Mrs. Theodore Herman, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University. Courtesy of China Institute, New York.

September 16 — December 5, 2010

Press Release:

Though China has had a long history in woodcuts and printing, the western woodcut, printed with oil-based ink, was adapted in the early 20th century by Chinese artists searching for a simplified pictorial language that would resonate with the illiterate masses. They not only created the beginnings of communist art in China, but laid the foundation of modern Chinese art in the most general sense. While past scholarly publications and survey exhibitions have familiarized wider audiences with aspects of the modern Chinese woodcut movement, this exhibition is the first in the U.S. to present a comprehensive overview of the beginnings and development of this important art form during the modern period of Chinese history from the 1930s to the present.

Woodcuts in Modern China is organized by the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University.

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