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b. 1945, China

Wang Dongling Biography

Born in 1945 in Jiangsu, China. He graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou in 1981 and received his Master degree. Wang Dongling is now professor of Calligraphy Department of China Academy of Art, and Director of Contemporary Calligraphy Research Centre of China Academy of Art, at present he lives and works in Hangzhou, China.

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Wang Dongling is one of the most successful and gifted of the modernist calligraphers in China and one of the few who has for many years enjoyed an international reputation. His works were influenced by his experience in the United States from 1989 to 1992, when he served as a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Wang began developing a new form of composition that synthesises traditional Chinese aesthetics with modernist art. Usually there are no decipherable Chinese characters in his works, which have become closer to abstract painting than to calligraphy. Wang Dongling has been enormously influential on the whole development of contemporary calligraphy and ink painting.

His attended imporant exhibitions include: Exhibition of Chinese Art & Civilization of Five Thousand Years (1998), Guggenheim Museum, NY, USA; Brushes with Surprise: The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China (2002), British Museum, London, UK; Ink & Brush – Chinese Writing Art Exhibition (2006), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA.

His recent solo exhibitions are Brushing the tides (2013), Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China; The Daoism of Calligraphy (2011), Zhejiang Museum of Art, Hangzhou, China; Share the Peripateticism (2007), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China. His works are collected by British Museum, London, UK; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; The Palace Museum, Beijing, China; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, among others. His monographs published in 2011 include: Wang Dongling’s Writings on Contemporary Calligraphy, Wang Dongling Writes about His Artistic Practice and Wang Dongling’s Writings on Famous Calligraphers and Their Masterpieces.

Wang Dongling Featured Artworks

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Xin Qiji - Near Lovers 辛弃疾·祝英台近 by Wang Dongling contemporary artwork works on paper
Wang DonglingXin Qiji - Near Lovers 辛弃疾·祝英台近, 2017Ink on Xuan paper
181 x 96.5 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery
Li Bai – Drinking Alone, Unaware of Sunset by Wang Dongling contemporary artwork works on paper
Wang DonglingLi Bai – Drinking Alone, Unaware of Sunset, 2015Ink on watercolour paper
56 x 76 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery
When will the moon be clear and bright by Wang Dongling contemporary artwork works on paper
Wang DonglingWhen will the moon be clear and bright, 2015Chinese ink on paper
69 x 69 cm
Alisan Fine Arts Contact Gallery
Four Images by Wang Dongling contemporary artwork drawing
Wang DonglingFour Images, 2014Ink on paper
97 x 180 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Great Luck by Wang Dongling contemporary artwork works on paper
Wang DonglingGreat Luck, 2011Ink on paper, set of 4
366 x 145 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery

Wang Dongling Recent Exhibitions

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Chambers Fine Art contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Chambers Fine Art Beijing, New York

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