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Preview: Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens, China Institute Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on January 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Wang Wusheng, Disciples of Buddha and Fairy Maiden Peak, 2004. Image via China Institute Gallery

The China Institute Gallery will soon present Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens a unique exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography.

Mountains, in Chinese legends, are the pillars that hold up the sky. For ages, mountains have been seen as places nurturing life. Veneration for the vast beauty of mountains has taken many forms in Chinese culture, including retreat from society, art and ritualistic practices. This exhibition is divided into three sections with 63 photographs by 26 contemporary photographers presenting the geography, history, culture, life and art that is associated with or derived from mountains. Lofty Mountains: Revered in History will introduce the geography, history, legends and cultures associated with famous Chinese mountains; Pure Sound: Chinese Landscape Aesthetics in photography will explore the aesthetics of Chinese landscape painting through Wang Wusheng’s Mount Huang (Yellow Mountains) landscape photography; and New Landscape Photography will showcase the artists’ way of thinking in regards to Chinese history and current social affairs.

By investigating the impact of mountains on Chinese culture and traditional aesthetic, this exhibition examines the many ways in which nature has played and continues to play a defining role in Chinese geography, history, culture, and psyche.

This exhibition presents 60 photographs by more than 20 Chinese contemporary artists, and is divided in to three parts:

Section ILofty Mountains: Revered in History 高山仰止 introduces the geography, history, legends, and cultures associated with famous Chinese mountains

Section IIPure Sound: Mountains and Chinese Landscape Aesthetics 山水清音 examines Chinese landscape painting aesthetics and how they have influenced contemporary photography, through the work of renowned Chinese photographer Wang Wusheng 汪芜生

Section IIINew Landscape Photography 新山水摄影 showcases photographers using photography and post-photographic visual affects to express their thoughts on the role of mountains in society.

Featured artists include Wang Wusheng 汪芜生,Hou Heliang 候贺良,Taca Sui 塔可,Lu Hao 卢浩,Yao Lu 姚璐,Yan Changjiang 颜长江,and Xiao Xuan’an 肖萱安.

A press preview breakfast will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 10am-12pm. The show will be on view to the public at China Institute Gallery from February 8-December 2, 2018. 

For more information please visit China Institute

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