External Event Invites in BEIJING: Craig Yee, GSB ’03 & Artist Yang Jiechang on Contemporary Chinese Ink Art

Date: Sunday, 17 August 2014
Speaker: CRAIG YEE, co-Founder, China Fine Art Partners LP
Topic: Wine Reception & Discussion on Contemporary Chinese Ink Art
Time: 15:00 to 16:00 Wine Reception
16:00 to 17:00 Tour by Criag Yee & Discussion with Paris-Based Artist Yang Jiechang
Place: Red No. 1-B1, Chaochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 10015
Cost: Free
RSVP Please contact Chen Jing at +86.135.1100.3034

Event Details
Craig Yee (GSB ’03), co-founder of the China Fine Art Management family of art funds and the contemporary art gallery Ink Studio, invites you to an afternoon of fellowship with Stanford friends and learning about contemporary Chinese ink art. The most compelling current trend in Chinese art is contemporary ink art, which is the subject of a major recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013-2014): Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China as well as recent exhibitions at the British Museum (2012), Saatchi Gallery (2012) and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (2010). Auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby's recently adding sales of contemporary Chinese ink art to their regular auctions. Many major artists, galleries, collectors, curators and critics believe this field has potential to direct China’s deep and rich philosophical and cultural history into the contemporary discourse on global art and culture.

About Ink Studio 
Beijing-based Ink Studio is the only gallery in the world exclusively devoted to contemporary Chinese ink art. It was founded in late 2012 by Stanford alumnus and lecturer Dr. Britta Erickson (BA '81, PhD ’ 87) and Stanford alumns Craig Yee (BA ’89, MBA ’03) and Chris Reynolds (MBA ’04).  In its exhibition program Ink Studio seeks to demonstrate how a group of important artists have, over the past decades, been highly active in researching and developing the immense contemporary creative possibilities of the millennia-old language of paper, brush and ink. These artists’ work is increasingly attracting serious international critical attention. Ink Studio’s mission is to present the best of this work to the public in a closely curated exhibition program supported by in-depth critical analysis, scholarly exchange and bi-lingual publishing in Chinese and English.

About the Artist
Yang Jiechang was born in 1956 in Foshan and lives and works in Paris and Heidelberg. Taoism gave Yang Jiechang a mental and spiritual language in which to construct his work. He chose to renounce all colour, all representation, all allusion, all symbolism. Painting only in Chinese ink, and layered in places with collaged rice paper, the pictures themselves seem black across the entire surface. However, they are not uniformally so - the collaged, textured sections pick up and reflect light, while the flatter, dark edges absorb it. The simplicity of the form is rich, allowing both darkness and light to come together on a single surface.

Yang Jiechang studied at the Institute of Popular Art in Foshan, and later in Peking. In 1982 he was appointed teacher at the Academy of Arts, Canton. His training was principally in traditional Chinese painting, and the ancient technique of collage on paper. Most important, says Yang Jiechang, is that "the process of the work and its results are a kind of meditation, a kind of self-accomplishing. What they reflect and express for the recipient also belongs to the realm of meditation".

In 2013 Yang Jiechang’s work was featured in the first group show devoted solely to the contemporary art of China "Ink Art, Past as Present in Contemporary China" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2015 the Deichtorhallen – museum of contemporary art in Hamburg, Germany – will stage a solo show with Yang Jiechang.