Exhibition Details

Location: Orme Lewis Gallery
Dates: May 24, 2008
to August 17, 2008


This summer Phoenix Art Museum is proud to bring you four powerful exhibits of modern and contemporary Asian art.

"a crash-course in contemporary Chinese art....If you haven't been, go."

The Arizona Republic

"This show, though genteel, nuanced, and not half as flashy as Zhang Yimou's Olympic intro, is unquestionably the real blockbuster in Phoenix Art Museum's current season"

Phoenix New Times

Making Waves:

Contemporary Japanese Prints from the Mary & William Way Collection

Orme Lewis Gallery

May 24, 2008 – August 17, 2008

This exhibition explores diversity found in the latest Japanese prints. The exhibition focuses on space portrayed in contemporary prints: This space can be the space as the universe, outdoor (landscape) or indoor space, or even an inner space of an artist’s mind. During the Edo period (1600-1868), Japan produced great woodblock-print artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige whose prints of “famous places” are well-known in the western world. Backed by this great tradition, but not bound by it, the print makers of the 21st-century Japan render redesigned spaces viewed through their contemporary eyes. The exhibition encompasses prints in various styles and mediums, such as lithograph, aquatint and dry point, and by a diverse group of artists including women and foreigners who settled in Japan.

Drawn from the collection of Mary and William Way, the exhibition will deliver the outlook on the continuing tradition of print making as one of the important artistic mediums in Japan.

This exhibition is made possible by Mary and William Way through the generous loan of the prints.

The Modern Spirit in Chinese Painting:

Gifts from the Jeannette Asian Art Gallery Shambaugh Elliott Collection

Asian Art Gallery

June 17, 2008 – December, 2008

Drawn from the Museum’s own collection of works by 19th and 20th century Chinese artists, this selection will provide a link to the classical traditions of Chinese landscape painting as well as modern interpretations by artists who lived through the tumultuous 20th century. The exhibition includes works by several artists who are featured in A Tradition Redefined, allowing visitors the opportunity to see a greater range of these artists’ styles and subject matter over their lifetimes.

Most of these painters are alive and working in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the U.S.

Modern and Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Chu-tsing Li Collection, 1950-2000

Steele Gallery
July 8 , 2008 - September 14, 2008

Organized by Phoenix Art Museum and Harvard University Art Museum, this exhibition will present 60 works that reveal the fundamental transformation of Chinese painting resulting from dynamic social, political and cultural developments in China, Taiwan and the United States in recent years. As more artists of Chinese background have become internationally recognized, the lines between China and the rest of the world have been continually defined and redefined.

As early as the 1960s, Chu-tsing Li, Ph.D., professor emeritus of the University of Kansas, played an instrumental role in bringing this transformation into global awareness through his many publications on art history and emerging artists.

No Snow on the Broken Bridge:

Video Work By Yang Fudong

Steele Gallery
July 8, 2008 – September 14, 2008

Born in 1962 as the son of an army officer in Beijing, Yang Fudong was not attracted to art until a soccer injury curtailed his athletic career. Yang is now one of China’s most sought-after artists. In the past five years his photographs and film installations have been the subject of solo exhibitions in nine countries, including a show at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York.

His most recent and significant project is No Snow on the Broken Bridge, a black-and-white film presented with eight projectors. The result is in entrancing, interconnected experience that is reminiscent of a classical Chinese handscroll painting. Images of nature are woven together with figures that move through the sequences in a dream-like state of inertia.

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Image Credits

Left: Green Mountains, Xia Yifu, c. 1990s. Vertical wall scroll; ink and color on paper. 80 x 64 cm. Collection of Chu-tsing Li. Center: Yang Fudong, No Snow on the Broken Bridge, 2006, 35mm black and white film transferred to DVD, 8 screens, 11 minutes, Music by Jing Wan, Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Right: Yasui Maruo, Buried Shape B(detail), 2003, woodblock print / collagraph, 90 x 60 cm

This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and Harvard University Art Museum. Promotional support for this exhibition has been provided by China Mist Brands, Cox Communications, Clear Channel Phoenix Radio, Westcor Shopping Centers, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa and Phoenix Public Libraries. Technology sponsorship provided by AVR.