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Wei ligang
金魔块 (Golden Magic Block), 2013

Ink on Paper
90 x 87cm


Apart from his remarkable calligraphic art, Wei Ligang is also known for his ‘gold-ground’ paintings where individual brushstrokes remain indiscernible- creating a kind of Eastern aesthetic counterpart to Western action painting. A scholar of both Western and Eastern technique, Ligang believes that the line is what lies at the base of Eastern abstraction. “I am investigating lines”, the artist says, “Just like a material scientist studying the properties of wood or soil, or the elements of a microcosm — the lines are my material, and I encounter the character on that level.”

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  • +Artist Bio

    Born in Datong, Shanxi in 1964, Wei Ligang is known as one of the greatest ink masters of our time. Closely connected to the Chinese ink and calligraphy movement since its expansion from the mainland to the international sphere, the artist has been noted as one of the pioneers of abstraction in the field, melding Eastern and Western influence into a new generation of expressionism without eluding the tradition of its artistic past. In 1999, Wei Ligang was one of the organizers of the iconic Bashu Parade, the first exhibition of modern calligraphy held in Chengdu that notoriously launched a storm of criticism within traditional art circles and major intellectual controversies concerning Chinese calligraphy- a discussion that continues to the present day. Widely identified by his characteristic ‘Wei Squares’ or ‘Magic Blocks’, as they are sometimes called, the award-winning artist has exhibited the world over, with numerous global publications and collections to his name, including the Chinese National Museum of Art, The British Museum, and the Boston Museum of Art.
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  • +Exhibitions

    Essence of Contemporary Chinese Art by Alisan Fine Arts, Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

    The Way of Writing - Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China
    Natural Mind: 2012 Italy-China Art Biennale -Villa Reale, Milan

    Selected Asian Cultural Council Fellows: Then and Now, Works by Wei Ligang, Wei Qingji, Zhang Jianjun, Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong & Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
    Expression of Chinses Contemporary Art - Today Art Museum, Beijing
    Tranquil Game - Gallery 49, Beijing

    New Ink Art, Alisan Fine Arts, ART HK 10, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hong Kong

    Hong Kong International Arts & Antiques Fair, Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hong Kong

    “Wei Ligang: The New Ink Painting” Goedhuis Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA (solo)2007“Oriental Totem: Wei Ligang Ink & Wash Exhibition”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (solo)2006Cooperative artist of “Cursive—Yin Mei's Modern Dance”, New York City University, NY, USA
    Modernity in Ink and Wash: Exhibition of Works by Artists of SongZhuang Ink and Wash Union,
    “Chinese Ink Painting during the Past 30 Years”, Nanjing, China
    “Long Menzhen Modern Calligraphy”, Luo Yang Art Museum, Henan, China
    “New Works by Wei Ligang”, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
    “China in Ink & Wash: Exhibition of Wei Ligang's Works”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)

    “Ink and Diffusion – International Arts Exhibition of Modern Calligraphy”, Seoul, South Korea
    China Academy of Arts, “Calligraphy is not Calligraphy- International Modern Calligraphy Exhibition”,
    “Crossing Boundaries: Works by Asian Cultural Council Fellows 2005”, Lee Garden, Hong Kong
    “The Act of Writing and Non-writing: The Open Space for Chinese Calligraphy. International Exhibition

    “Chinese Characters As a Resource”, Sydney, Australia
    “Chinese Characters: A Confusing Situation”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
    “2 Ink Brushes, Chinese Calligraphy Bi-exhibition - Artist Commune, Hong Kong
    “On the Journey”, He Xiang Ning Art Gallery, Shenzhen, China (solo)

    “Migration in Space”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
    “International Contemporary Art of Ink”, Xi’an,China
    “New Experiences in Chinese Characters and Its Writing During the Past Twenty Years”, Artist Commune, Hong Kong

    “The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China”, British Museum, London, England
    Refuse Reticence - Ren Club, Beijing, China

    An Exhibition of Contemporary Behavioral and Decorative Art, “0℃ Project”, Beijing, China
    A Four Painters’ Exhibition, “The Dimensionality of Chinese Characters”, Beijing, China

    “The International Calligraphy Literature”, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan
    Group exhibition of oriental abstract paintings, Creation Gallery, Beijing, China

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