Hidden Meanings of Love and Death in Chinese Painting:
Selections from the Marilyn and Roy Papp Collection
April 27 to Sept. 2, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at noon
Art of Asia Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum
Dr. Janet Baker, curator of the Phoenix Art Museum Asian Arts Collection since 2000. She received her PhD from the University of Kansas, where she studied Chinese painting under Chu-tsing Li, a renowned scholar in the field. Dr. Baker was co-curator of the exhibition “ A Tradition Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting from the Collection of Dr. Chu-tsing Li” which was shown at four venues in the U.S. in 2008-2009.
Two of life’s essential experiences, love and death, have been explored in Western art from the Classical Greek period to the modern day. However, their study in Chinese painting is still largely unexplored. These themes are not overtly portrayed but suggested by subtle visual symbols and literary illusions. Drawn exclusively from the Papp Collection, one of the world’s premiere private collections of Chinese painting, this exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue funded in honor of Marilyn and Roy Papp by the Museums’s Asian Arts Council. The publication will present ground - breaking research by Dr. Chun yi Lee, Professor of Art and Art History at Taiwan Normal University.
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Suite of Samurai armor in Tokubetsu (excellent) grade lacquered leather, metal, silk and horsehair, Asian Arts Council Purchase, 2006.46
Phoenix Art Museum Permanent Collection