Volume 41 – Number 7
'Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition' at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Cover: (columns left to right, from top) 1 Li Huayi, 2 Qiu Ting, 3 Liu Xiaodong (Self-portrait, 2010),
4 Yu Hong (detail of Witness to Growth Year 36, 2002), 5 Xu Bing, 6 Liu Dan, 7 Arnold Chang,
8 Qin Feng, 9 Li Jin (detail of A New Take on Scholars Collating Classic Texts 1-2, 2008),
10 Zeng Xiaojun (1, 7 Photography by Joseph Scheier-Dolberg; 2, 6, 8, 10 Photography by Wu
Wanxuan; 5 Photograph courtesy of the artist, 7 Photograph © Ron Cowie)
In this issue, we take our readers behind the scenes of the exhibition 'Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition' at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (20 November 2010 to 13 February 2011). For this landmark exhibition, ten artists were invited to create responses to classical Chinese works from the museum's collection. Shown together, these works engage in dialogue with each other, the old historicizing the new and the new offering fresh perspectives on the old. In the spirit of our quest to discover emerging themes and developments in contemporary art, we offer in-depth coverage of the exhibition. The MFA's Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Hao Sheng, introduces 'Fresh Ink', relating it to the ways traditions have been, and continue to be, used in Chinese art. In an interview with Valerie C. Doran, he further reveals how the project came into being and how the artists' participation broadened and shaped its conceptual parameters. Articles by Hao, Joseph Scheier-Dolberg and Yan Yang shed new light on the works of the individual artists in the exhibition, complemented by our interviews with the artists, in which they share some of their inspirations and thoughts on art and their creative processes.
As the autumn art season approaches, we preview events and exhibitions in Hong Kong and London. In the commentary, Elaine Kwok presents an argument for why China should have an international museum.