Met Salon Series—What's Chinese about Contemporary Chinese Art?

Examine a distinct subset of art produced by mainland Chinese artists from the 1980s to the present: a contemporary "ink aesthetic" in which references to traditional pictorial and calligraphic concepts suggest a conscious effort by the artists to engage with and transform inherited Chinese art forms—to extend, question, or subvert them—as a defining feature of their artistic vision.

Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman, Department of Asian Art, MMA

This program was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, on view from December 10, 2013, to April 6, 2014.

Recorded March 5, 2014

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