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Woodcuts in Modern China 1937-2008: Towards a Universal Pictorial Language

Picker Gallery, Colgate University

In the 1930s and 1940s, the western-style woodcut, printed with oil-based ink, was adapted by Chinese artists who were searching for a simplified pictorial language to communicate to the illiterate masses. This exhibition is the first in the United States to present a comprehensive overview of the beginnings and development of this important art form that laid the foundation of modern Chinese art. The roster of artists features many of the leaders in the fields, ranging from the founding generation - Li Hua, Gu Yuan, Wang Qi, and Yan Han - to current printmakers such as Zhang Minjie and Xu Bing.

The catalogue for Woodcuts in Modern China 1937-2008: Towards a Universal Pictorial Language delves deeper into the political and artistic forces behind the work of these artists.

Exhibition catalog, 2009. Paperback, 75 pages: ill.
ISBN: 0-9729352-4-X

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