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On View: Michael Goedhuis | China: Ink

Dec 10—16, 2013, Mallett, 929 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Chinese ink artists are profoundly relevant to contemporary Chinese society but until recently have been largely neglected by curators and critics alike with prices therefore undervalued.

They are important as representing the link between China's great past and the galloping pace towards her future. Their work incorporates a deep understanding of classical Chinese culture which they believe to be essential in their quest to create a new pictorial language which expresses the fundamentals of today's world. I believe therefore that the new generation of collectors in China and the diaspora will look at this area of the art-market as the most significant contemporary manifestation of Chinese civilization, with all that that will mean for price levels.

Our view can be summarized in the following points:

A. Ink painting and calligraphy is the supreme art of China.
B. As such it has had enormous prestige not only for the educated elite but also for the Chinese in general.
C. The Chinese are deeply sensitive to the loss of much of their cultural heritage extracted from them by the colonial powers in the 19th century and are now aggressive buyers.
D. The exponential increase in wealth allied to an annual proliferation of new museums can only lead to an intensification of buying, and contemporary in China, as in the rest of the world, is... or will shortly be... cool.
E. Ink art is the quintessential art-form of Chinese civilization and its contemporary version, rooted in works of unquestioned virtuosity and quality, will provide the new buyers with a foothold not only in what is fashionable but what is meaningful as a continuation of the vitality of Chinese culture.
F. Finally leaving aside the all-important China factor, it is evident, as we see in the current museum programs and auction-house initiatives, that ink is attracting the attention of both in a big way, with all that implies for its new status in the art-world at large.

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