Monday, February 25, 2008

Yu Hong lecture

Yu Hong has consistently explored three themes since she graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1988: the female point of view in all phases of life from childhood to maturity, the relationship of the individual in China to the convulsive transformation of society and finally, the poetry of day-to-day existence despite “most of us leading a life of trivialities…”

Trained in the oil-painting department of the Academy, she has become one of the most accomplished painters of her generation. She uses her technical virtuosity to produce jarring color schemes and inventive compositions that allow us to reconsider the value of the various daily activities. The most recent developments of her work present her astute observations combined with a refined painting sensibility of colorful scenes of daily life. Her pastel portraits and Routine series present paintings of her daughter and herself, respectively, that invest the subject with a persuasive power and universality of the moment depicted. In Britta Erickson’s words, “leavened by Yu Hong’s subtly sardonic wit, her recent works are both profound and utterly enjoyable.”

February 27, 7:30 pm
free to the public
Danforth Hall
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd

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