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Beyond the Jade Terrace

Exhibition details

Opening / Event Date:
27 September, 2014
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
25 October, 2014
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Exhibition Extended until 8 Nov 2014

Gallery talk “Women Ink Artists in China Today” by Tiffany Beres & artists: Sat 27 Sept, starts at 4:30pm

As part of  South Island Art Day: Sat 27 Sept, 12-8pm

Shuttle bus available from GPO Central (2 Connaught Place) to the gallery on 27 Sept at 3:30pm. RSVP @ 2526 1091

Catalogue available

In the 6th Century A.D., the scholar-poet Xu Ling assembled an anthology of love poems entitled New Songs from a Jade Terrace, the title referencing the luxurious palace apartments in to which upper-class women were often relegated. Since then, “Jade Terrace” has served as an abstract literary reference to an ideal, eternal place where immortal women gather to enjoy aesthetic pleasures. Of course, mere mortal women can also enjoy artistic pursuits and many have left their mark on Chinese art history. Despite restraints placed upon them by tradition-bound Confucian society, there has been a handful of pioneering female artists, such as legendary calligrapher Madame Wei of the Jin Dynasty (265-420), who were able to engage in the predominately male-dominated art discourse of the last millennium. Conditions for Chinese female artists evolved, and during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), The Jade Terrace History of Calligraphy and The Jade Terrace History of Painting were published, both devoted exclusively to artistic accomplishments by women. Most recently, in our post-Mao contemporary Chinese art era, female artists have unprecedented opportunities: formerly, it was believed that lack of education was a desirable female virtue. Today, Chinese art school attendance is in equilibrium between the sexes.

Alisan Fine Arts is proud to present Beyond the Jade Terrace, a showcase of four standout female artists from China whose ink paintings offer a refreshingly new aesthetic sensibility. While none of these artists would consider themselves to be feminist artists as such, they are each interested in applying a feminine perspective to examine the past and look to the future in ways that redefine contemporary ink art in history, culture, and the global context. Yao Yuan姚媛 (b.1971) re-envisions traditional Chinese still life and landscape themes, often contrasting conventional subjects with modern visual elements from daily life. Chu Chu儲楚 (b.1975) brings together her love of photography and calligraphy to her unorthodox ink on paper compositions. Expanding the Song Dynasty (1127-1279) artistic tradition of direct observation and dedicated study of nature, Zhang Yirong張藝蓉 (b. 1979) captures her painted subjects in exquisite, almost analytical detail. And in a more spontaneous fashion, Wang Mengsha王濛莎 (b.1982) composes colorful, playful and whimsical portrayals of beauty and pleasure. Independent thinking and unbounded by traditional expression, each of these four artists has already discovered her own voice in the age-old ink tradition, innovating and pushing the boundaries of the language of the brush. Together their art suggests the shifting paradigm and the rising self-awareness among women artists in China today.

Founded by Mrs. Alice King in 1981, Alisan Fine arts, one of Hong Kong’s oldest galleries, has always been dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions to Chinese art. Beyond the Jade Terrace is curated by independent Beijing-based curator Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres龐惠英.
Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres龐惠英 is expert in Chinese painting, ceramics and furniture. Growing up in California, she graduated from Brown University in Providence, USA, studied Chinese Art History and Psychology. She received Fulbright Fellowship 2006-2007 for researching Chinese craft arts and artisan culture, and Royce Fellowship 2004-2005 from Brown University in USA.

Tiffany has a particular interest in Chinese contemporary ink painting and she practices Chinese ink painting as well. She has been working in the Asian antiques world for the past three years, both in USA and China. Recently in 2013 she curated an antique exhibition of collector CT Loo (1880-1957) in Paris, France, and a new Chinese Landscape exhibition featuring new works by two famous contemporary ink painters, Arnold Chang (張洪) and Tai Xiangzhou (泰祥洲) in Beijing, China. Currently, she is an International Affairs Officer at China Guardian Auction House.

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