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Luan Baby Phoenix

© Estate of Fred Fang Yu Wang. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Luan Baby Phoenix

Artist: Fred Fang Yu Wang (Born in Beijing, China, 1913 – 1997)
Culture: Chinese: American
Date: 1995
Medium: Ink on rice paper, on silk mount
Dimensions:
76 x 24 7/8 inches (193 x 63.2 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Shao F. (E'78, P'14) and Cheryl L. Wang (P'14)
Label Text:This calligraphic painting by Chinese-born scholar/artist Fang Yu (Fred) Wang, illustrates the Chinese characters for luan, a type of phoenix found in traditional folklore. Wang sought to incorporate elements of Western contemporary art into traditional Chinese expression. The bold, lively characters bring to a Westerner's mind the gestural paintings of the Abstract Expressionists. Another modern element is the use of the bright pink rice paper as ground.

Wang's calligraphic paintings have been exhibited and published in the United States and abroad. In 1999, the China Institute of New York organized a retrospective, A Literati Life in the Twentieth Century: Wang Fangyu - Artist, Scholar, Connoisseur.
Object number: 2011.19.1