Chinese Culture Center
cordially invites you
to a special reception
to celebrate the opening
of the exhibition
September 17, 2003
6pm to 8pm
FOR THE ANCIENTS
PA I N T I NG, P O E TRY
& C A L L I G R A P HY BY
17 ~ DECEMBER 13, 2003
CHINESE CULTURE CENTER HOSTS RENOWN ARTIST
SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 19, 2003
The Chinese Culture Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Chinatown
Holiday Inn at 750 Kearny Street, in San Francisco, is pleased
to announce the opening of the exhibition: "Calling for the
Ancients: Recent Painting, Poetry and Calligraphy by Lo Ch'ing."
Professor Lo Ch'ing will give a lecture about art, life and work
entitled "Ways of Eating Watermelon: New Approaches to Chinese
Ink-Color Paintings" at a reception co-hosted by the Chinese
Culture Center and Society of Asian Art on September 23, 2003
from 6-8 pm. The exhibition of paintings will run until December
13, 2003. Lo Ch'ing is a painter, poet, calligrapher, art writer
and scholar of art and literature who is admired throughout the
world. Born in China in 1948, he was taught by Pu Ju (1896-1964),
a member of the former imperial household and first cousin to
the last emperor Pu Yi. With this intensive training, Lo Ch'ing's
work is steeped in the great Chinese painting tradition, yet he
expands and explores the limits of Chinese art. High-rises, freeways,
and even science fiction elements populate his paintings. His
calligraphy utilizes new and ancient forms, modern subject matter
and even color.
"Lo Ch'ing is a living example of how China is able to retain
its cultural traditions and still modernize," says Wylie
Wong, curator of the Chinese Culture Center. "He uses modern
elements that are not seen in Chinese paintings such as palm trees
to represent the new Chinese spirit. The palm tree, unlike the
pine trees that are customary in Chinese art, can grow anywhere
- in the median of roads, on spits of sand in the ocean. And they
are resilient. They can grow in difficult, sandy and salty environments
and they bend - but not break - when exposed to bad weather. This
is the modern Chinese and it is beautifully represented in Lo
Ch'ing's masterful works."
Lo Ch'ing, a professor of English, an art critic and a historian,
is known for introducing post-modernists theories to Taiwan and
to the contemporary Chinese art world. Translated into nine languages,
Lo Ch'ing has lectured throughout the world about art and literary
criticism when presenting his paintings and his books such as
"That is Postmodernism" (1989) and "The Aesthetics
of Ink" (1991).
"When Lo Ch'ing lectured in Germany, we scheduled a two
hour presentation that was open to the general public. At first
we thought perhaps this would be too long for lay people, but
Lo Ch'ing so engaged this crowd that we had to kick the people
out after four hours," said Stefan Hyner, publisher of the
international poetry journal Gate and professor of the University
of Bo in Norway. "He knows his subject so thoroughly and
presents it so dynamically that he is able to draw people from
all cultures and backgrounds into the conversation."
Lo Ch'ing will be present at the September 23rd reception beginning
at 6 pm at the Chinese Culture Center. The formal lecture commences
at 7 pm.
For more information about the Society for Asian Art, please
visit their web site at http://www.societyforasianart.org/.
For more information about the Chinese Culture Center, please
visit our web site at http://www.c-c-c.org.
Color images available on request. For personal interviews, contact:
Beth Rogozinski at 415-203-6008
Calling for the Ancients: Recent Painting, Poetry and Calligraphy
by Lo Ch'ing.
September 17- December 13, 2003
Lecture and Reception: September 23, 2003