Young People’s Art from Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

May 13 – June 21, 1980

“Young People’s Art from Shanghai, People’s
Republic of China” is an exhibition of 51 artworks,
mostly paintings, some gouaches, a few papercuts
and woodcut prints, and two calligraphy scrolls.
Created by the young people of Shanghai aged
seven to 13 years old, the works reveal some very
unusual talent and imagination.
A wide spectrum of style is represented, ranging
from impressionistic renderings of flowers
and landscapes in bold, vivid colors evocative of
such “Western artists as Bonnard and Matisse to subdued
monochrome washes and plain ink outline
that are characteristic of traditional Chinese
methods. While their inquiring eyes and probing
sensitivity led to the creation of some marvelous
scenes observed from nature and contemporary
life, the young artists show a remarkable link with
China’s historical past at the same time. Several
ink-and-brush paintings are reminiscent of ancient
Chinese masterpieces, and there are illustrations
of episodes taken from Chinese classics, an example
being “Xiyou ji”-illustrated above-portrayed
in a humorous, quasi-caricature, and highly
personal manner.
The exhibition presents a way of seeing that
is unique and distinctly different from Western
culture. Part of a cultural-exchange program initiated
by the Chinese Culture Cent-er between the
friendship cities of Shanghai and San Francisco, it
offers a viewing experience that should appeal to
all age groups. The exhibition is available for rental
to schools, museums, and other institutions.

Funded by the San Francisco Publicity and Advertising Fund