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  • Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum by Weimin He and Shelagh Vainker

    Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum

    In depicting Qiu Jin I had something I wanted to say. Her tragedy moved me for a long time: I still remember the time when I cut 'Qiu Jin', dripping with sweat and tears, in a small storage room, my heart filled with grief and indignation.

    In 1966, Wang Gongyi graduated from the Middle School attached to the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She studied printmaking at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now called The China National Academy of Fine Arts) in Hangzhou and graduated with a Master’s degree in 1980, the same year she started to teach in the faculty. From 1986, she frequently stayed in France and America as a visiting artist, and settled in the United States in 2001. The Qiu Jin series brought her national recognition, but in the mid-1980s, her work shifted towards abstraction and focused on oriental philosophical expression, which concerns Dao and spontaneity. She uses various media including lithography, etching, ink painting, calligraphy and installations.

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