Ting Walasse

1928-2010, Wuxi China

Introduction

Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu in 1928, Walasse Ting is an artist celebrated for his colourful and bright depictions of animals, flora and sultry women. He briefly studied at the Shanghai Art Academy in the 1940s, before leaving for Paris in 1948 at the age of nineteen. There he became associated with artists belonging to the avant-garde group CoBrA. In 1958, he travelled to New York, where he befriended the American artist Sam Francis; here Ting became strongly influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. In 1964 he wrote One Cent Life, edited by Francis and published by E.W. Kornfeld, which involved collaborating with twenty-eight European and American Pop Art and Expressionist artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Joan Mitchell, and included sixty-two original lithographs. In 1977, he won the Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his drawings. His paintings during this period are filled with bold dripping brushstrokes mixed with bright acrylic pigments, but by the 1970s, he began experimenting with figures, developing the distinctive style that we are so familiar with today. His paintings are a sheer testimony to love, life and beauty. His paintings of women, flowers, cats, fish, horses, and watermelons are often painted in a rich palette of bright acrylics on rice paper, layered with powerful effervescent brushstrokes in Chinese ink. He passed away in 2010.

Alisan Fine Arts organised Ting’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 1986 and has since then held more than ten solo shows for him; the most recent one in 2017 to celebrate his prolific life. Taipei Fine Arts Museum also held a retrospective in 2010. His works have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Chicago Institute of Art; Tate Gallery, London; Musée Cernuschi, Paris; Shanghai Art Museum; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Hong Kong Museum of Art; M+ Hong Kong.


BIOGRAPHY
1928    Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China
1940    Studied at the Shanghai Art Academy, China
1946    Moved to Hong Kong
1952    Arrived in Paris, France
1958    Moved to New York, United States
1974    Became an American citizen             
1977    Awarded a fellowship for drawing from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, United States
2010    Passed away on May 17 in New York, United States

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
2017

2016-17                               

  • Walasse Ting: The Flower Thief, Musee Cernuschi, Paris, France

2010               

2009               

  • The Catto Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2008               

2002               

2001               

  • Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China

2000

  • Scheringa Museum, Spanbroek, Netherlands
1999
  • The Catto Gallery, London, United Kingdom

1998

1997

1996               

  • Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore
  • Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1995               

  • Gallerie Guy Pieters, Knokke, Belgium

1994               

  • Belgium Kunstforum, Ghent, Belgium
  • P Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

1993

1992          

  • Sala Nonell, Barcelona, Spain
  • Galerie Acolea, Madrid, Spain
  • Ghent Lineart Internationale, Ghent, Belgium

1991             

1990               

  • Galerie Alcolea, Barcelona, Spain
  • Galerie Alcolea, Madrid, Spain
  • Galerie Moustache, Osaka, Japan
  • Galerie l’Orangerie, St. Paul-de-Vence, France
  • Ghent Lineart Internationale, Ghent, Belgium
  • Galleria 2RC, Milan, Italy
  • Galeria de Arte, Almancil, Portugal
  • Louis Stern Galleries, Beverly Hills, United States

1989               

  • American Club, Hong Kong
  • Lens Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium
  • American Prints Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • Galerie Lucy Weill-Seligmann, Paris, France
  • Galerie Ostermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Galerie Scandinavia, Goteburg, Sweden

1988              

  • Galerie Alcolea, Barcelona, Spain
  • Galerie Alcolea, Madrid, Spain
  • Galerie Guy Pieters Knokke, Belgium
  • Galerie Asbaek, Horsens, Denmark
  • Galeria Torres Clary Reus, Spain
  • Ghent Lineart Internationale, Ghent, Belgium

1987

  • Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen, Sweden
  • Gallery Esperanza, Montreal, Canada
  • Elfin Art Gallery, Quebec, Canada
  • Ars Mundi, Hanover, Germany
  • Galerie l’Orangerie, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1986               

1985               

  • Art Unlimited, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Galerie La Hune, Paris, France
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen, Sweden
  • Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1984               

  • Galerie Huset, Copenhagen, Sweden
  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States
  • Avant-Grande Art Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Lung Chiang Art Gallery, Kao Hsiung, Taiwan
  • Galerie BBL, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Galeria 2RC, Rome, Italy
  • Galeria 2RC, Milan, Italy

1983               

  • Galerie Dessers, Hasselt, Belgium               
  • Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Gallery Koppelmann, Leverkusen, Germany
  • Lens Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Galerie Grafica Club, Milan, Italy
  • Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Sweden
  • Galerie Moderne, Silkeborg, Denmark  

1982               

  • National Gallery of Art, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States      

1980               

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States

1979               

  • Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States

1978               

  • Lens Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Galerie Aele, Madrid, Spain

1977               

  • Galerie Adrian Maeght, Paris, France
  • Galerie Grafica Club, Milan, Italy

1975               

  • Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Sweden
  • National Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Galerie Nord, Randers, Denmark
  • Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern, Switzerland

1974

  • Galerie Minami, Tokyo, Japan
  • Galerie Adrian Maeght, Paris, France

1973

  • Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Sweden
  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States

1972

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States
  • Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Sweden

1971

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States

1970

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States
  • Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Sweden
  • Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, United States
  • Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, United States

1969

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States

1968

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States
  • Galerie de France, Paris, France

1967

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States
  • J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit, United States
  • Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, United States

1966

  • Galerie Lefebre, New York, United States
  • Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, United States

1965

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States

1964

  • Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, United States

1963               

  • Lefebre Gallery, New York, United States
  • Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, United States

1962               

  • Galerie St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria

1961               

  • Galerie Van de Loo, Munich, Germany
  • Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris, France
  • Galerie Smith, Brussels, Belgium
  • Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, United States

1960               

  • Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, United States
  • Galerie Espace, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Sweden

1957               

  • Galerie Chalette, New York, United States

1956               

  • Galerie Taptoe, Brussels, Belgium

1954              

  • Galerie Paul Facchetti, Paris, France

1952               

  • Hotel Cecil, Hong Kong
1959               
  • Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, United States

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020
2019
2018
2017  

2016                               

2015               

2012                              

2010                               

2009
  • Hong Kong International Art & Antiques Fair, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hong Kong
2007                               
  • Exploration: New Ink Art Shanghai 2007, 3rd Shanghai Ink Biennial, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1997                               
  • The Chinese Root: Works by Mainland and Overseas Chinese Artists, Alisan Fine Arts, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Tresors: The International Fine Art & Antiques Fair For Asia, Alisan Fine Arts, Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore
1995                               
  • Nostalgia.Modernity: Walasse Ting, Xi Lei - Tresors: The International Fine Art & Antiques Fair For Asia, Alisan Fine Arts, Suntec City Centre, Singapore
1994                               
  • Chinese Ladies, Two Approaches: Paintings by Walsse Ting & Peng Xiancheng - Tresors: The International Fine Art & Antiques Fair For Asia, Alisan Fine Arts, World Trade Centre, Singapore
1992                               
  • Art Asia Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States
Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States
Rockefeller University, New York, United States
Chicago Art Institue, Chicago, United States
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, United States
M C A, Los Angeles, United States
Carnegie Institue, Pittsburgh, United States
U.S. Steel, Pittsburgh, United States
Gulf Oil Corp, Pittsburgh, United States
SAMA, Pennsylvania, United States
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, United States
Chrysler Museum, Provincetown, United States
Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, United States
Philadephia Museum, Philadephia, United States
Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, United States
Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, United States
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, United States
Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hannover, New Hampshire, United States
Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Silkeborg Kunstmuseum, Silkeborg, Denmark
Randers Museum, Randers, Denmark
Israel National Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
National Gallery of Art, Reykjavik, Iceland
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
M+, Hong Kong

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
1961    My Shit and My Love 10 Poems, Walasse Ting, Maurice Baeudet & Georges Girard, Pris, France

1964    One Cent Life, poems by Walasse Ting, edited by Sam Francis, E.W.Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland

1967    Chinese Moonlight, 63 poems by 33 poets, Wittenborn & Co, New York, USA

1969    Hot and Sour Soup, poems by Walasse Ting, Sam Francis Foundation, California, USA

1971    Green Banana, poems by Walasse Ting, Rosengreen Litografi, Copenhagen, Denmark

1974    Trip, Walasse Ting, Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris, France
All in My Head, Walasse Ting, Yves Rivière, Paris, France
Good Morning, text by Walasse Ting, Atelier Clot, Paris, France

1977    Red Mouth, poem by Walasse Ting, Hong Kong
1984    Rice Paper Paintings, Selected letters, Yves Rivière, Paris, France
1988    Jolies Dames, one poem by Walasse Ting, Yves Rivière, Paris, France
1993    Blue Sky, poems by Walasse Ting, Art Unlimited, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1995    Acrylic on Canvas, essays by Mia Ting & Walasse Ting, Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
1997    A Very Hot Day, poems by Walasse Ting, Jesse Ting, USA