Writing and Picturing in Post-1945 Asian Art
April 21-23, 2017
Regenstein Library Room 122 & Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago
The symposium title refers to the East Asian coupling of writing and picturing (calligraphy and painting). Its intention is to reexamine the cross-medial practices including their materials and tools, that have been thoroughly redefined and expanded from the ancient pair of “ink” and “brush.” Today in new global practices, ink can be spray paint, digital pixels, video imagery, or even performative gestures, while brush to apply them encompasses spray cans, computer software, the camera, the artist’s body, or any other tools deployed by contemporary artists. Participants will discuss future directions in both museological and art-historical studies to bridge the established studies of modernist art history and the newly evolving contemporary art history.