Abstract Narratives: Zao Wou-ki Exhibition Review

A review of by Mengyue Wu of the first retrospective exhibition of Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) in the United States. No Limits: Zao Wou-ki, was on view at the Asia Society, New York, from September 9, 2016 to January 8, 2017. In the age of globalization, the exhibition’s title “No Limits” not only refers to Zao’s first name, which literally means limitless in Chinese, but also implies the expatriate experience of Zao and the transnational art world in which Zao was actively involved. Zao grew up in Dantu, a small city in the Southeast of China, moved to Montparnasse, Paris at the age of 28, and visited the United States in 1950s. Zao was highly regarded in his lifetime and is hailed as the most successful Chinese artist at present for his abstract paintings.

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The Scolding of the Empire Child

A poem by Oliver A. Moxham, a student at the University of Sheffield, studying Japanese Studies and History after having spent nine months travelling in Japan. After his time there, he was left with a strong impression of how its distinct traditional culture coexisted with strong European influences, and has been inspired since to find the Japanese voice in a history dominated by a Eurocentric dialogue

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