The Contemporary Tradition: On Wang Huangsheng’s New Works - Art Collector

Wang Huangsheng, 140429, From the Roaming | Apparition Series. Courtesy the artist and Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei

By Jason Chung Tang Yen

Found in major collections of institutions such as the V&A in London, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, the Mantova Museum in Italy and the Hoffmann Collection in Germany, artworld veteran Wang Huangsheng is known for his ingenious take of the traditional medium of ink on paper. His current exhibition titled Roaming | Apparition at one of the most prestigious galleries in Taipei, Lin & Lin Gallery, showcases his latest works.

Wang was awarded the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Government of the French Republic in 2004. With his recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this renewed interest of the traditional medium is evidently global. Wang holds a Ph.D in Fine Arts and currently assumes the role of professor and graduate adviser at the renowned China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

In a dream like state, roaming throughout exotic realms, in the delicate and texture-filled surfaces of Wang’s paper pieces, there’s often a single continuous line that forms a hyper-continuum throughout time and space, distorting our understanding of the three-dimensional world. With a fresh and contemporary interpretation on tradition done in a tasteful manner, Wang’s works explore the limits of the elasticity of history while testing the boundaries between internal and external conflict.

Born in 1956, Wang combined his years of experience in testing the intrinsic value and strength of the historic medium in a different context while in some ways preserving the Chinese spirit. This context, however, also interestingly interacts with the likes of Brice Marden, Al Taylor, and Sol LeWitt. With his monochromatic approach, the lack of color provides focus in savoring the different intensity of the lines hidden within the powerful medium that is more than three thousand years old.
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