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Art of Ink in America Society Presents
THE ART OF INK IN AMERICA 2013/2014:
Gesture and Beyond,
An East/West Exhibition of Contemporary Calligraphy
November 21 – December 30, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21 6-8 PM
The Art of Ink in America Society (AIAS) members return to New York after their previous 2011/2012 exhibitions in Manhasset, NY and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Approximately 50 new works by 32 and five invited artists will be on view.
The abstract and avant-garde pieces on view demonstrate the many different forms and innovative techniques available to contemporary ink painters. Since its inception almost twenty years ago, the Society has exhibited in East Asia, Europe, and North America and has grown to include artists from China, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Romania, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.
New York was one of the first cities where modern, abstract calligraphy took root, inspired by a major retrospective of Abstract Expressionism in the 1990s. Up to that point, there was little appreciation of its development, with the focus remaining on traditional Asian calligraphy. At that time a Japanese gallery owner commented, “It is a surprise and a brave achievement that this kind of new calligraphy is being shown in Manhattan.” Since then, with piqued interest in abstract calligraphy, it is particularly meaningful that Gesture and Beyond returns to New York, where contemporary calligraphy first received recognition. Abstract calligraphy has flowered all over the world, and Gesture and Beyond shows why.
“It goes without saying that today gestural calligraphy is considered a ‘high’ art form,” says Amy Winter, Director of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. “In the modern era, calligraphy has become a highly valued aesthetic practice standing on its own merits apart from any verbal or symbolic meaning, embraced globally, as is evident in the diversity of the participating artists.
This year, the exhibition also incorporates a special section in honor of the Society's founder, “Hanong,” pen name of the late Dr. Sun Wuk Kim (1929-2012), showing five works never previously displayed. A full-color catalogue accompanying the exhibition includes the work of participating members and five invited artists.
Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond in the main gallery is accompanied in the museum’s upper gallery by a five-day showing of Masterworks of Hangeul Script by “Aram”, Dr. Yoo Sung Lee. These works illustrate different calligraphy styles developed over time, which are outstanding in both visual and emotional expression.
Dr. Sun Wuk Kim, founder of the
Art of Ink in America
Aram’s Hangeul Calligraphy
at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum Masterworks of Traditional and Contemporary Korean calligraphy
November 18 – December 30, 2013
On display are masterworks of traditional and contemporary hangeul calligraphy by “Aram,” pen name of the distinguished calligrapher Dr. Yoo Sung Lee, in the upper gallery.
Hangeul was invented in 15th-century Korea and is the script used to write Korean, the 13th most-spoken language in the world used by over 77 million people. These works will be on display for a limited engagement with Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy by members of the Art of Ink in America Society (AIAS), in the museum’s main gallery below.
Dr. Lee, president of the AIAS, is a Korean-American and native of Seoul, Korea. He has exhibited his work throughout the U.S., France, China, Thailand, and Korea. In 2009 his work was shown at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, along with rare books and manuscripts from the library's collection.
Both traditional and contemporary hangeul script will be on display in nearly equal parts. The traditional pieces show the development of hangeul forms over time and in varying contexts, and some works were created especially for this exhibit. Different styles include the woodblock printing style, the transcript style, the palace style (which includes the formal or regular style, and the cursive or grass style), and the commoner style.
Aram’s contemporary pieces show his creative re-interpretation and adaptations, in line with the modern movement’s transformation of written script into a fine art form valued on purely visual terms, where the reconstruction of characters allows for unlimited personal expression.
An opening reception for the concurrent show Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00–8:00 pm. The public is cordially invited.
Dr. Yoo Sung Lee practicing calligraphy
YEAR OF BRAZIL 2013-2014:
Art of South America
September 2013 – August 2014
On display in the GTM Lobby Gallery are highlights of South American artwork from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition showcases work ranging from the Chavin culture of Peru from 1500 BC, to 14th century AD Incan textiles, to modern artists like Venezuelan painter and sculptor Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005).
The main feature of the display is work by Brazilian artist, Antonio Bandeira, (1922-1967), an abstract expressionist involved in the international art scene throughout the middle of the last century. Beginning his career as a figurative artist, Bandeira moved to Paris in the mid-1940s and made strides within the lyrical abstraction movement in Europe. Bandeira split his time between Brazil and Europe showing his work internationally in Paris, London, New York, Brazil, and at the Venice Biennale. The pieces on display are from the mid-1950s when Bandeira may have been living in London. The imagery brings to mind glittering city lights, gridded rhythmic streets, and the bustle and energy of any urban center.
The exhibition will be on view throughout the 2013–2014 academic year in conjunction with college’s Year of Brazil celebration.
Top: Luis Molinari-Flores (Ecuadorian, 1929–1994), Armonico A, 1970, silkscreen print, 23 x 23 inches. Bottom: Antonio Frasconi (Uruguayan, 1919–2013), A Sunday in Monterey: Woodcuts, First edition, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964, single folded sheet 5 x 127 inches.
Mon.–Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Sat. 11 am to 5 pm
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