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UMMA Dialogues: Guest Curator Xiaobing Tang with noted printmakers Fang Limin and Zhang Yuanfan
Contemporary art exhibitions at UMMA bring the ideas and working processes of living artists to the Museum and its audiences. The works assembled for the current Multiple Impressions exhibition also represent guest curator Xiaobing Tang’s own journey. Originally trained as a literary scholar in China and the US, Tang immersed himself in learning about contemporary woodblock printing over a several-year period, visiting the studios of the forty-one exhibition artists and gaining a direct understanding of the people and processes behind the works.
UMMA Dialogues, a new, more conversational format for Museum talks, will offer curator Tang in discussion with Fang Limin and Zhang Yuanfan, both noted artists and teachers from the China Academy of Art, UMMA’s Chinese partner for Multiple Impressions and an important center for innovation in printmaking. A distinguished artist who has made prints for over thirty years, Zhang’s work has been described as employing a “simplicity of means in the service of profound emotion” and is represented in collections in China, Japan, England, and Australia. Despite his relative youth, Fang Limin is an acknowledged leader in what is known as the water-printing method of woodblock printing, an art with ancient roots now widely used in contemporary printmaking. His works are in major collections in China, Japan, and England.
Multiple Impressions was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art with the cooperation and support of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. It is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, and Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
Sunday, 25 September, 2011
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of MichiganMuseum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354