Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:00pm

1629 days away !

On display until March 31!

Featuring artists Jane Dickson and GAMA in the Fingesten Gallery, New York City. Curated by Michelle Loh and co-hosted by the Confucius Institute. Oil painting as a Western art form was first introduced to China by 17th century European missionaries. The Chinese found these images, which were so different from traditional landscape and figure painting, to be novel and enchanting. With the establishment of the Republic of China in 1912, artists who were returning from their studies abroad, mainly in Europe, began to adopt the style of French Realism. This enabled them to challenge the traditional social structure, reflect the turbulent changes occurring at the time, and to champion national reform. “Integrate Chinese and Western art to create a new era of Chinese painting” was a key slogan coined by academic artists.

Over time, academic style oil painting flourished. It was altered and enriched by contact with Chinese culture and tradition and became a means of representing social and political realities. It is a case in point of the work of artists being broadened and embellished by cultural exchange, and the resulting visual expression transcending cultural boundaries and exceeding the sum of its parts. An examination of the roots of contemporary Chinese painting has much to contribute to current discourse on globalization and mobility.

Jane Dickson and GAMA both had formal training in academic oil painting, and both went on to incorporate and develop innovative styles. They have each created a way of painting representationally, while depicting resonant, evocative cityscapes (Jane) and landscapes (GAMA) that seem both interior and exterior.


Panel discussion with artists and critic Robert C. Morgan:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6-8 PM
Student Union Reading Room - New York City