2 years ago

6 October, 2016

The Ian Potter Museum of Art

Organised by:
Art History Student Society

Join us for our third Asian Art Dialogue, ‘Modern Brushstrokes: A Visual Investigation of Two Paintings by Ding Yanyong' with Associate Professor Claire Roberts, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, and Dr Olivia Meehan, Curator of Academic Programs, The Ian Potter Museum of Art. Get up close and examine artworks by twentieth century master Ding Yanyong (1902-1978) and participate in a discussion about modern Chinese painting.

Ding trained as an oil painter and studied at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (1921-25), developing a Fauvist style of painting inspired by Matisse. After his return to China in 1925 he played a leading role in art education in Shanghai, Guangzhou and later Hong Kong. From the 1940s Ding increasingly worked in ink, creating bold works on paper based on the calligraphic line. The focus of our discussion will be two paintings in this later style from the University of Melbourne Art Collection.

Claire Roberts is an historian of Chinese art and a curator specialising in modern and contemporary Chinese art and visual culture. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She was Senior Curator of Asian Arts at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (1988-2010). Claire has been published widely on Asian art and curated numerous exhibitions. Her most recent publications include: Yang Zhichao: Chinese Bible 1949-1999 (2015) and Photography and China (2013).

Olivia Meehan received her MPhil and PhD in History of Art from the University of Cambridge (King’s College) with Professor Jean Michel Massing. She has worked at the National Gallery of Victoria (Prints and Drawings) and as Assistant Curator in Asian Art at the National Gallery of Australia. Her primary research interest is transnational engagement, identity building and examining cultural agency through artistic practice. She is particularly interested in the circulation of European prints in early modern Japan and also Modern and Contemporary examples of continued exchange between Europe and Japan. In 2015 Olivia was visiting fellow at the École Normale Supérieure Paris, where she studied works by Tsugouharu Foujita 藤田 嗣治 held by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Olivia is currently Curator of Academic Programmes at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.

Asian Art Dialogue (AAD) is an open collective for critical thinking and engagement with Asian art. Based on the premise of inclusivity, AAD encourages a variety of voices to contribute to an evolving conversation that is responsive to contemporary happenings and socio-political contexts.

This is a FREE event. All students and art enthusiasts welcome.
To Register: http://modernbrushstrokes.eventbrite.com.au