Mishkin Gallery Presents New Chinese Art Exhibition

Cat. #10. Hai Tao (b.1959), Exchange, 2009. Ink on rice paper, H. 12 x W. 91

Spirit Rock, Sacred Mountain: A Chinese View of Nature, Kemin Hu’s Rocks and the Mountain Paintings of Hai Tao & C.C. Wang

Baruch College announces a new exhibition, Spirit Rock, Sacred Mountain: A Chinese View of Nature will open at the Weissman’s Mishkin Gallery on Friday, February 25 to April 6, 2011. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 24, from 6-8 PM.  The exhibition includes rocks from the collection of Kemin Hu and the mountain paintings of Hai Tao and C.C. Wang.

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Spirit Rock, Sacred Mountain: A Chinese View of Nature will be the first of its kind to highlight the relationship between the rock and the mountain and its importance in both traditional and contemporary landscape painting. While the representation of rocks and mountains forms a long tradition in Chinese art, landscape painting has developed into a more contemporary expression. In this exhibition, paintings by C.C. Wang are juxtaposed with the actual rocks he painted, now in the renowned collection of Kemin Hu, and contrasted with the work of Hai Tao, who employs the techniques of Chinese brush painting but dramatically transforms his mountains into modern fantasies.

Natural rocks with individually unique shapes, curves, holes, and twists, have amazed the Chinese since ancient time. They believed that rocks were the bones of the earth, the essence of Qi (energy, or universal life force) and regarded them as “spirit rocks”. The fever continues today across China. This obsession not only made rocks collectable art objects, but also formed the foundation and model for Chinese landscape painting – a special tradition that distilled the essence of natural scenery to express the ideal world.

This exhibition is curated and organized by Dr. Sandra Kraskin, Director of the Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, and the accompanying catalogue is written by Willow Weilan Hai Chang, Director of the China Institute Gallery. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, Noon to 5 PM and Thursday Noon to 7 PM. Located at 135 E. 22nd Street.

For questions on the gallery, call Sandra Kraskin at 646-660-6652.

For press passes, or to request an interview, contact Mercedes Sanchez, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu, (646) 660-6112.

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