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An Ink History? A Talk by Dr. Yeewan Koon

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Opening / Event Date:
20 February, 2016
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Closing / End Date:
21 February, 2016
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University of Hong Kong Associate Professor Dr. Yeewan Koon presents “An Ink History?”

– a lecture which questions the very history and modern interpretation of traditional ink painting.

According to Professor Koon, “Ink is often used to evoke a Chinese tradition of painting that is rooted in centuries of practice. But what if ink was not the primary means by which artists from the past defined themselves? What if our current need to define ink as a form of cultural identity is a modern phenomenon rather than one anchored by history.” “By examining some of the basic principles of ink painting, the history of the tools and the ways in which painting was viewed, this talk provides a broad introduction to a history of how painting was understood, the role of the artist, and proposes new ways of thinking about how we look at ink painting today,” suggests Koon.

Due to limited number of seats, please RSVP via [email protected].
The talk will be conducted in English.

About Dr. Yeewan Koon

Dr. Yeewan Koon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong. Her primary research area is Ming and Qing paintings, with a secondary focus on modern and contemporary art in China and Hong Kong. Her book, “A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and the Politics of Painting in Guangdong” connects Su, an artist who challenged the social and political structures that have long defined the role of an artist during the time of the Opium War, with the art worlds of the Pearl River Delta region. She is the recipient of several research grants, including a GRF grant from Hong Kong Research Grants Council for her next book project, which explores the practice of copying in Chinese art from the 16th to 20th centuries.


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