Between Modern and Contemporary: Fong Chung-ray exhibition opening

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Between Modern and Contemporary: Fong Chung-ray exhibition opening

Time: February 15, 2014 at 1pm to May 31, 2014 at 4pm
Location: Chinese Culture Center Gallery
Street: 750 Kearny St. 3rd Floor
City/Town: San Francisco
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Phone: 415-986-1822
Event Type: exhibition, opening
Organized By: Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisc
Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2014

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Fong Chung-Ray Exhibition: Between Modern and Contemporary

2.15 – 5.31.2014

Guest Curator: Manni Liu
Opening Reception: Feb 15 1-3pm
開幕式: 2月15日下午1點至3點

A Taiwanese artist, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s mature work, which incorporates styles over the course of his career, calligraphy, splashes of acrylic, and found materials such as sheets  of plastic, and is an abstract style that doesn’t fit neatly into any category of Chinese,  Asian or Western. At first glance, this approach does not seem particularly innovative. However, it is precisely these techniques and artistry that Fong, now into his eighties and still a prolific painter, has set the stage for abstract Chinese art throughout his career. As curator Manni Liu points out, “Fong Chung-ray’s importance in the history of Chinese  modernism lies in his relentless pursuit of a new visual language that combines Chinese and Western sensibilities.” While many artists in the 1950s and 1960s were content with perfecting brush and ink techniques, Fong instead explored new realms. Currently, his work can be found “in many younger Chinese artists, [and a] noticeable influence from Fong, whether they like to admit it or not.”

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