Wang Tiande

1960, Shanghai China

Introduction

Wang Tiande is an innovative avant-garde ink artist known for his creative use of incense sticks as a form of brush. Born in Shanghai in 1960, he studied at the College of Art in Shanghai in 1981, before pursuing further studies at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. After graduating in 1988 with a degree in traditional Chinese painting, he went on to obtain a PhD in calligraphy in 2014 from the same academy. Well versed in traditional Chinese art and culture, Wang searches for further possibilities in the realm of ink art. His most ground-breaking creation, Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper and the use of incense sticks in lieu of brushes to paint, transforms paintings of traditional landscapes and calligraphy, while conveying the ephemeral quality of painting. He first gained international recognition when his work, Ink Banquet, produced in 1996, was exhibited as part of Inside Out: New Chinese Art, a travelling exhibition curated by Gao Minglu. This work was subsequently collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Alisan Fine Arts began representing Wang in 1999, and organised his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2003, titled Wang Tiande: Ink for the 21st Century. Since then the gallery has held three further solo exhibitions for him in 2007, Wang Tiande: Landscape Transformations, in 2014, Mountainscapes: New Ink Art By Wang Tiande, and in 2018 AWAITING New Works by Wang Tiande. Wang has participated in two group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as part of Brush and Ink: The Chinese Art of Writing in 2006, and the seminal exhibition Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China in 2014. His works have been collected by the British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Berkeley Art Museum, California; Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Shanghai Art Museum; Shenzhen Art Museum; Guangdong Museum of Art; Chinese Painting Research Institute, Zhong Nan Hai, Beijing; Hong Kong Museum of Art.



BIOGRAPHY
1960
   Born in Shanghai, China
1981   Graduated from Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, China
1988   Graduated from Chinese Painting Department, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Art), Hangzhou, China
1988-2002   Associate Professor, Art Education Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Member of Chinese Artists Association, China
2003   Professor, Art Education Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Dean of School of Communication Design, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2014   Ph.D in Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018

2017         
  • Over Mountains and Across Valleys, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2015   
  • Wang Tiande Art Exhibition, The Palace Museum, Garden of the Palace of Established Happiness, Beijing, China
2014   
2012   
  • Gu Shan, Sanshang Art, Hangzhou, China
2011  
  • Boat, Galerie 99, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2010   
  • Shuang Shuang, University of Sidney, Sidney, Australia
2009   
  • Up/Down: Wang Tiande Art Project, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University, Kansas, USA
2008   
  • Xerxes Fine Arts, London, UK 
2007   
2005  
  • Redolent of Incense, Yishu Space Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2004  
  • Galerie 99, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2003  
1996   
  • Fudan University Museum, Shanghai, China
1995  
  • The German Centre, Shanghai, China
1991 
  • Chinese Painting Institute, Shanghai, China

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019          
  • 1st Taipei Dangdai, Alisan Fine Arts, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei, Taiwan

2018          
  • Art 021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2018, Alisan Fine Arts, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

  • Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamakazi and Jerry Yang, The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, US

2017         
2016  
2015 
2014         
  • Within & Without, Museum of Stanford University, California, United States
2013 
2012   
  • Chinese Modern Art Exhibition, British Museum, London, UK
  • International Ink Exhibition, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
2011   
  • Red Flag: Contemporary Chinese Art in Montreal Collection, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
  • Word: China Mainland Contemporary Art Exhibition, Huashan1914 Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Fei Du, Xunyao Chinese Characters Art & Culture Museum, Chengdu, China
  • Papercut: Exhibition of Sino-German Contemporary Art, South Bund Art Space, Shanghai, China
  • Different Ink Art, Shangdong Contemporary Art Centre, Nanjing, China
2010   
2009   
  • Hong Kong International Arts & Antiques Fair, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hong Kong
  • Yi Pai: Contemporary Chinese Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Contemporary Ink Art: Evolution, Harvard University, Boston, USA
2008 
  • 2nd Modern Ink Biennial, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Ink Not Ink: Contemporary Chinese Art, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA; Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • Contemporary Ink Art: Evolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  • Yi Pai: Chinese Abstract Art 30 Years, La Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain
  • Transforming Marks of Ink, Staatiche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany
  • New Vision of China 2008, Modern and Contemporary Art Center of La Spezia, La Spezia, Italy
  • New Ink Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
2007  
  • China Onward: The Estella Collection: Chinese Contemporary Art 1966-2006, Louisiana Museum, Louisiana, USA 
  • FUN, Taipei Calligraphy Biennial, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • China New Vision: Chinese Contemporary Art Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006   
  • International Exhibition of Art & Calligraphy, Seoul Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
  • Light on China Art Generation, Palazzo Capponi, Florence, Italy
  • Exhibition of Chinese Painting Documentaries, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China 
  • Revival: New Ink Art, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • China Trade, International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, Canada
  • DU, Expressions of Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting, Art Museum of Tianjin Academy of Art, Tianjin, China
  • 60’s Vision Documenta, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Brush and Ink: The Chinese Art of Writing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2006   
  • Calligraphy Scene, Heng Lu Museum of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • International Exhibition of Art & Calligraphy, Seoul Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
  • Light on China Art Generation, Palazzo Capponi, Florence, Italy
  • Exhibition of Chinese Painting Documentaries, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
  • Revival: New Ink Art, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • China Trade, International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, Canada
  • DU, Expressions of Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting, Art Museum of Tianjin Academy of Art, Tianjin, China
  • 60’s Vision Documenta, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Brush and Ink: The Chinese Art of Writing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
2005   
  • 2nd Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu Museum of Modern Art, Sichuan, China
  • Present for Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting in China and Korea, Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • The Act of Writing and Non-writing: The Open Space for Chinese Calligraphy, International Exhibition of Art Rising, Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2004  
  • Dream of Dragon, Contemporary Chinese Art, Dublin Contemporary Art Museum, Dublin, Ireland
  • Contemporary Art from Shanghai, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
  • Exhibition by Six Artists, Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich, Germany
  • 4th International Biennial of Ink Painting, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • Nomination Exhibition, Art Museum of Hubei Academy of Art, Wuhan, China 
2003  
  • An Opening Era, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • White East: 20th Century Chinese Paintings, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France
  • Dots and Beyond, Malaysia National Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2002  
  • 3rd Biennial International Ink Painting, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
  • 0 Material, Central Academy of Art, Beijing, China
  • New Ink Paintings, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan 
  • East + West: Contemporary Chinese Art, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria
2001  
  • Ink Colour, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • 20 Years of Experimental Ink Paintings, Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
  • 32nd Düsseldorf International Art Exhibition, Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Annual Nomination Exhibition, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
  • Chinese Feeling, Siwei Commercial Centre, Changsha, China
  • Reshuffling, Shenzhen Sculpture Institute, Shenzhen, China
  • Exhibition of Abstract Ink, Xi’an International Exhibition Centre, Xi’an, China
2000   
  • Neo-Ink Paintings in China 2000, Liu Haisu Museum of Art, Shanghai; Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
  • 2nd International Biennial of Ink Painting, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
1998   
  • Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Inside Out: New Chinese Art, PS1, New York; Tacoma Art Museum, Washington; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico; Canberra National Art Museum, Australia; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • 1st International Biennial of Ink Painting, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • Looking Back on Chang’an: Invitational Exhibition of Modern Ink Painting Collection, Shanxi Art Museum, Xi’an, China
  • Tension and Expression, Ink Painting Exhibition, Art Gallery of Crown Plaza Hotel, Beijing, China 
1997   
  • Ink Painting Show, Grand Exhibition of Chinese Art, Shanghai Library, Shanghai, China
  • Sculpture '97, Nanshan Sculpture Institute, Shenzhen, China
  • Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Artists’ Works, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Exhibition of Shanghai Artists’ Works, Gallery of St Petersburg Artists Association, St Petersburg, Russia
1996  
  • Shanghai Ink Painting, Art Museum of Arizona University, Tucson, USA
  • Homeland Revisited: Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Experimental Ink Works, Gallery on the Rim, San Francisco, USA
  • Contemporary Chinese Ink Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting from Shanghai Art Museum Collection, Hamburg Art Museum, Hamburg, Germany
1995   
  • Contemporary Chinese Art, Lineart International Art Fair, Ghent, Belgium
1994  
  • 8th National Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1993  
  • 1st National Chinese Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • 1st National Chinese Landscape Painting Exhibition, Anhui Art Museum, Hefei, China
  • 4th Shanghai Young Artists Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai Modern Art, Yokohama Art Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
  • Shanghai-Taipei Modern Chinese Ink Painting, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1992   
  • Sea Horizon of Paintings and Sculptures, Liu Haisu Museum of Art, Shanghai, China
1991  
  • Works by Four Artists, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1989  
  • 7th National Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
British Museum, London, UK
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA
Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University, Kansas, USA
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Chinese Painting Research Institute, Beijing, China
Zhong Nan Hai, Beijing, China
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
JP Morgan Bank
 
Fushan Mountain in Winter
2018 | 203x71cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Night Crossing at Snowy River
2018 | 193x63cm | Chinese ink & colour with burn marks on layered rice paper
After the Snow
2018 | 370x77cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper
Overlooking the River of North Mountain
2017 | 46×185cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynsaty
Rowing Home to Cold Mountain
2017 | 51.5×185cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper
Reposing in Changzhou
2018 | 85×70cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Xi Mountain Snowy Night
2018 | 85×70cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Three Acres of Pine Forest
2016 | 51×46cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Boat Returning Home
2017 | 90×45cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper
Digital No 13-HLST
2013 | 33.5X175cm/13X69 | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Digital No 10-CR24 & Mini
2010 | 180x35cm/71x13 3/4 | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper
Houshan No16-SNWT0326
2016 | 209x59.5cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Houshan No16-LBST0312
2016 | 67x55cm | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Digital No 14-CRG003
2014 | 185x61cm/72 3/4x24 1/4" | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Digital No13-LBST020
2013 | 208x62cm/82x24 1/2" | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Digital No14-MHST002
2014 | 56x48cm/22x19" | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
Digital No14-MHST006
2014 | 56x48cm/22x19" | Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty