Painting the Heart-Mind: The Art of Inoue Yūichi and Li Huasheng 心畫:井上有一與李華生

  • Painting the Heart-Mind: The Art of Inoue Yūichi and Li Huasheng 心畫:井上有一與李華生

INKstudio, Beijing, Shibunkaku, Kyoto, and the Li Huasheng Art Foundation will be presenting a dual artist exhibition of modern calligraphies by post-war, Japanese calligrapher Inoue Yūichi 井上有一 (1916–1985) and abstract paintings by post-Cultural Revolution literati ink painter Li Huasheng 李華生 (1944–2018).

As part of the exhibition, the major single-character works Yama 山 (1966), Hin 貧 (1972) and Taru 足 (1973)—last exhibited and published in Inoue’s solo retrospective at the Kanazawa Museum of Contemporary Art in 2016—will be exhibited in China for the first time accompanied by eight other rarely seen calligraphies that document the breadth of Inoue’s artistic practice. Contemporaneously, a selection of early landscapes, abstract grid paintings and late abstract landscapes by Li Huasheng will be exhibited alongside the eleven works by Yūichi.

This visual juxtaposition gives viewers an opportunity to rethink debates about tradition and modernity often couched in terms of East and West as, instead, a dialog within East Asian between post-war Japan and post-Cultural Revolution China, between calligraphy and painting, between Buddhism and the arts, and between two socio-cultural icons and iconoclasts.

Dates: June 5–August 1, 2021 Open every day, except Monday
Venue: INKstudio
Red No. 1-B1, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100015 <Google Maps>

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