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Opening Reception: “Speak Out: Works from the Yunnan School of Painting”

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, September 5, 5:00-7:00pm

Curator’s comments by Dr. Ian Wang, 5:30pm
Music by Jasmine Field Chinese Music Group

Exhibition on view in Murphy Gallery at
the University YMCA through November 8, 2013

Exhibition Background:

On display in this exhibition is a selection of artwork by a group of Yunnan artists representing a variety of styles within the Yunnan School of Painting, including the important work of Zhao Zhong Xiu.

Beginning in the early 1970s, a group of Yunnan Chinese intellectuals and artists dissatisfied with the repressive political and artistic climate of the time began to push for an expanded form of artistic expression. After Chairman Mao’s death and the end of the “Cultural Revolution” in 1976, the efforts of this group gave rise to an entirely new school of painting, which became known as the Yunnan School.

The Yunnan School was characterized by clear line work, bold use of color, a love for overlapping geometric design, and a daring combination of both traditional Chinese form and Western abstract forms depicting subjects that centered on the indigenous ethnic groups, culture, and myths of the Yunnan region of Southwestern China.

The current generation of Yunnan artists has yet another, more complex task than the previous generation. With globalization and China’s rapid economic development, the art of this generation of Yunnan artists carries within it a deep consciousness of recent Chinese history, while responding to these undeniable developments in contemporary society.

Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA, 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820.
Cosponsors for this exhibition include Dean’s Graphics, the Spurlock Museum, and the Asian American Cultural Center.

Exhibition on view now in Murphy Gallery on the first floor of the
Y through November 8, 2013 from 9am-9pm daily!

Parking Nearby:
Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers – Free after 5pm.
Parking garage on 6th & John – Free after 5pm.
Street parking on Wright, Chalmers, & 6th Streets for 75¢ per hour.
Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour.

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