New Works From China Command Attention – Barbara Pollack
From the New York Times:
His first venture, “Brush and Ink: The Chinese Art of Writing,” which ran from last September to January, brought together ancient masters of calligraphy with modern artists inspired by the visual possibilities of Chinese characters, like the abstract painter Wang Dong Ling and the conceptual prankster Xu Bing, who has invented a “square word calligraphy” that can be read by an English-speaking audience.
The Metropolitan’s current exhibition, “Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art,” on view through Aug. 26, similarly pairs premiere examples of classical landscape paintings, antique maps and even guidebooks that are centuries old with recent explorations by Chinese artists. [Full text]
– See also a slideshow of Asian art in New York.