Friday, October 03, 2014

Pan Gongkai: Withered Lotus Cast in Iron - Frye Art Museum

Opening October 3, 2014, is the first United States solo museum exhibition of the Chinese artist Pan Gongkai (b. 1947), at the Frye Art Museum, in Seattle. The exhibition runs through January 18, 2015.

On Sunday, October 5, the museum will host a one-day symposium on the artist.

The son of twentieth-century master Pan Tianshou (1897–1971), Pan Gongkai has served since 2001 as president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. Pan Gongkai prepares large-scale compositions without interruption, in sessions that often last more than twelve hours. He views this physically demanding process as a key performative element of his work. The Frye exhibition includes a large-scale, site-specific ink painting which extends the entire length of the museum’s largest gallery.

Frye director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker & Pan Gongkai

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