Wei Dong (Chinese, b. 1968); Kite Flying, 1995; ink and color on paper. Gift of Red Rock Studio, Hong Kong, A Williams Alumnus. Courtesy of the artist. (M.2007.20.23)

Tradition and Transition: Recent Chinese Art from the Collection

April 3, 2010 - August 1, 2010

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is pleased to present Tradition and Transition: Recent Chinese Art from the Collection, an exhibition celebrating a recent gift to the museum of Chinese art dating from the later twentieth century to the present day. This exhibition was organized by Elizabeth Gallerani, Coordinator of Mellon Academic Programs, with Rong Zhao, Graduate Student in the History of Art, Class of 2010, and Patrick Rhine, Class of 2010. On view through August 1, 2010, the exhibition features twenty-five works of art including paintings and sculptures, most of which were created during the last two decades.

The eleven featured artists created artworks during a time of extraordinary cultural transformation in China. They made a new visual language that embodies aspects of traditional Chinese art while responding to a time of great transition. While not comprehensive, the works on view represent a range of styles, from more traditional Chinese art to styles utilizing Western techniques or theories, which was permitted after the death of Chairman Mao Zedong in 1976 and the ensuing collapse of the Cultural Revolution.

The selected artists include: Nie Ou, Xiao Ping, Xu Lele, Chen Zizhuang, Ding Yanyong, Hu Yongkai, Wei Dong, Qiu Deshu, Zhu Wei, Zeng Shanqing, and Qiu Xiaofei.

Photos available upon request.