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Scholar’s Day Symposium: The Art of Qiu Ying

Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 10:00AM


LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Qiu Ying is one of the most celebrated and misunderstood painters in Chinese history. Eluding classification, Qiu’s oeuvre has mesmerized and confounded art historians for over four centuries, not only for his uncanny versatility and technical virtuosity, but also for the profusion of copies and forgeries that flooded the markets already in his own time. The silence enveloping the painter in official histories leaves a host of unresolved questions. In conjunction with the exhibition “Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying,” this symposium explores the figure of Qiu Ying through issues of connoisseurship, artistic production, and cultural exchange across socioeconomic divides.

Individual papers explore Qiu Ying’s chronological development and social milieu (Stephen Little); tease out unlikely influences in the artist’s style and brushwork (Wan Kong); reflect on Qiu Ying’s contemporaneous reception as a gauge for his creative freedom and restrictions (Einor K. Cervone); take his magnum opus, Spring Morning in the Han Palace, as a case study in examining the role of playfulness in the creative process (Yeewan Koon); and ponder this work, along with Shanglin Park, in light of his translation of poetic traditions into the visual (Wen-mei Hsü). Presenters will introduce the backstage of the curatorial research process and invite participants to engage in dialogue about the challenges of chronologizing, authentication and its implications, and the conceptual formulation of the artist as a historical figure.

Although LACMA is closed to the public on Wednesdays, “Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying” will be open to symposium participants at various times during the day.

Free, tickets required.

Image: Qiu Ying, “The Jiucheng Palace” (detail), Ming dynasty, c. 1525–33, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Abe Collection, photo © Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

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