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Hung Liu, Relic 12, 2005, oil on canvas and lacquered wood, 66 x 66", courtesy of Nancy Hoffmann Gallery, New York

Contemporary Combustion: Chinese Artists in America
July 18 - Oct. 14, 2007

The NBMAA’s special exhibition, Contemporary Combustion: Chinese Artists in America, included painting, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, photography, installation and video by 10 contemporary artists. The works range in date from 1978 to 2007, and explore the themes and techniques of traditional Chinese art and how they have been retained and transformed in the 20th-21st century.

On view through Oct. 14, the exhibition included works executed in the Western, avant-garde and traditional Chinese styles. It explores the themes of landscape, calligraphy/written word and the human figure. Scale, color and manipulation of form are distinctive contemporary components.
Of the 10 artists, seven of them live and work in New York. The others live in the Boston and San Francisco areas and Stevens, Penn. These impressive artists offer a sampling of the incredible range of art created by artists of Chinese descent active in the 20th and 21st centuries in the United States. Most of the work has been created within the last decade and offers a tempting glimpse of what lies ahead.

The exhibition was curated by Tita Hyland, who teaches the history of Asian art at Trinity College in Hartford.


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