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Past Exhibitions

Ancient Masters in Modern Styles
Chinese Ink Paintings from the 16th – 21st Centuries
August 31 - December 16

Curated by Kathleen M. Ryor, Guest Curator
Exhibition catalogue by Kathleen M. Ryor

The Chinese art of ink painting is an ancient and continuously practiced tradition transmitted and learned in part through the study of the works of past masters. This practice formed the fundamental basis for learning the art of painting in China until the twentieth century. At the same time, Chinese painters were aware of the potentially limiting aspects of imitating the ancient masters too closely. As a result, they self-consciously evoked past masters' styles while simultaneously working to transform and even subvert them.

This exhibition of Chinese ink paintings from the The Fralin Museum of Art and Lijin Collections examines the influence of this honored tradition on later artists and how they sought to balance reverence for the art of old masters with their own impulses for artistic expression. Ancient Masters explores this tension through an investigation of style, subject matter, and inscriptions on paintings from the early modern period up until the present, while examining the social and historical context of their production. The exhibition demonstrates the rich variety of ink painting in China over many centuries and the continuing relevance of tradition to Chinese artists today.

The Museum's programming is made possible by the generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, B. Herbert Lee '48 Endowed Fund, Denison and Louise Hatch Americana Preservation Fund, Albemarle Magazine, Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book, The Hook, and is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts: fostering access + innovation.

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Members' Preview Reception
Thursday, August 30
5:30 - 7:30 pm
In the Museum

Final Friday Receptions
August 31, September 28 & October 26
5:30 - 7:30 pm
In the Museum

Saturday Special Tour
by Kathleen M. Ryor
September 1
2 - 3 pm
In the Museum

Family Art JAM
Botanical Brushwork Inspired by Ancient Masters
Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16
1-3 & 3-5 pm
RSVP 434.243.2050

Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia
Gardens and Gatherings in Qing Dynasty Painting
by David Ake Sensabaugh
Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, Yale University Art Gallery
Thursday, September 20
6:30 pm
Campbell 153

The Art of Contemporary Ink Painting
by Melissa Chiu
Senior Vice President for Global Arts
and Cultural Programs, Asia Society
Thursday, September 27
6:30 pm
Campbell 153

Copying Liu Songnian`s Picture of "Successfully Crossing the Great River" by Yang Jin

Yang Jin, Chinese, 1644-1728
Copying Liu Songnian's Picture of
    "Successfully Crossing the
    Great River"
, Qing Dynasty, 1726
Hanging scroll, ink and light color
    on paper
49 5/8 x 17 5/8 in, 126.05 x 44.77 cm
Artist's signature and date, three seals
    of the artist
University of Virginia Art Museum,
    Museum Purchase, 1980.81

Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue
Ancient Masters in Modern Styles:
    Chinese Ink Paintings from the
    16th - 21st Centuries

by Kathleen M. Ryor, Guest Curator
104 pages, 49 color illustrations
University of Virginia Art Museum, 2012

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