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October 13

Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints

Thursday, October 13, 7–9 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium
Reception, Commons, 6 pm

Printmaker Chen Qi will introduce developments in contemporary Chinese printmaking and discuss what topics attract printmakers' attention. By examining works of representative artists in the exhibition, such as that of Xu Bing as well as his own work, Professor Qi will outline central concepts underlying contemporary printmaking. Tony Chang, who curated a recent solo exhibition of Chen's work has commented, “Through more than two decades of perseverance, Chen Qi has enriched the expressive power of water-based printmaking language by expanding the medium into the unknown realms of the conceptual and pushing his works beyond the limitations of painting.” And J. S. Edgren of Princeton University’s Chinese Rare Book Project offered this appreciation of the artist: "Chen Qi is an artist full of energy and imagination from whom we may not know what to expect next, but we may always be sure that his artistic production will sing the praises of paper and ink."

Born in 1963, Chen Qi was trained as a printmaker at the Nanjing Art Academy. He is now a professor in the Prints Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The several prominent prizes that he has received include the gold medal of the 13th National Print Exhibition (1996). His works have been collected by the China National Art Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Shanghai Museum.

This program is organized and supported by the Center for Chinese Studies of the UM International Institute in conjunction with UMMA’s current exhibition, Multiple Impressions: Chinese Contemporary Woodblock Prints and as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for CCS.

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.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program