Chuang Che

1934, Beijing China

Introduction

It was in the late 1960s, when Director Alice King first saw Chuang Che’s works in the home of a friend in New York. Painted in the style of Western Abstract Expressionism, the image remained vividly in her mind, and in 1982 the gallery began exhibiting his works. Born in 1934 in Beijing, China, Chuang’s early education was steeped in classical Chinese painting and calligraphy. His father, Chuang Shangyen, was the Vice-Director of the National Palace Museum in Beijing and so Chuang Che had many opportunities to see the museum’s collection first-hand. In 1949, he immigrated to Taiwan with his family, and graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Taiwan Normal University in 1957 having studied drawing under Chu Teh-chun. It was during this period that Chuang co-founded the Fifth Moon Group, which advocated that Chinese artists experiment with traditional Chinese art and Western avant-garde art – in particular Abstract Expressionism. The art historian Michael Sullivan wrote that Chuang Che artwork ”rejected the tien (dots) and ts’un (texture strokes) altogether” creating “[Franz] Kline-like gestures”. (The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art, pg. 199) By the 1960s, having won an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to study in the United States, he began travelling to Europe and the United States. In 1973 he settled in Ann Harbour, Michigan, and in 1988 moved to New York where he continues to work. Since the 1960s, he has made a concerted attempt to revolutionise Chinese landscape painting, incorporating abstract elements in acrylic and oil.

Since 1982, Alisan Fine Arts has held five solo exhibitions for the artist. His works have also been included in several of the gallery’s important group exhibitions, such as Abstraction and Beyond held in 1997 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and in the same year at the Shanghai Art Museum The Chinese Root: Works by Mainland and Overseas Chinese Artists. His works have been collected by the Cleveland Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Art; Cornell University; Fine Art Museum, Flint, Michigan; National Museum of History, Taipei; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; China Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum; Guangdong Museum of Art; Hong Kong Museum of Art.


BIOGRAPHY

1934        Born in Beijing, to Chuang Shang-Yen, a scholar and calligrapher who worked at the National Palace Museum, Beijing, China

1958        Graduated from Fine Arts Department at the National Taiwan Normal University and joined the Fifth Moon Group.  Took part in the Premiere Biennale de Paris, and the Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil

1962        Took part in the International Painting Salon in Hong Kong

1963-73   Professor of Art, Tunghai University, Taiwan

1966        Awarded a John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Travel Grant to study in USA. Stayed at Iowa University and became the assistant of sculptor S. Lipton in New York

1967        One-man show, Ann Arbor, Michigan; travelled to Europe

1968        Spent six months in Paris, France

1973        Moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

1985        Fulbright Fellow as Visiting Professor, National Arts Institute, Taipei, Taiwan

1986        Travelled to Mainland China; exhibited in Beijing, China

1988        Moved to Yonkers, NY, USA

1992       Set up studio in Manhattan, New York, USA


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2018
  • Art Basel 2018, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2017  

2016  

2012       

  • Holistic View and Microscopic Vision, Asia Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan

2007       

  • "Deep Ridge, Remote Way” Solo Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2002        

  • Gary Snyder Fine Art, NY
  • Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China; Gallery of Artists Commune, Hong Kong
  • Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2001       

  • Hanart Gallery, Montreal, Canada; Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, Quebec, Canada
  • Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York

2000       

  • Gallery 456, Chinese-American Arts Council, New York, NY
  • International Art Symposium & Exhibition of Painting, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada

1999       

  • Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1998       

  • Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York City, NY

1997-9    

  • Asian Tradition - Modern Expression, Zimmerli Art Museum of the Rutgers University, New Jersey; Chicago Cultural Center, IL; Fisher Gallery, The University of Southern California, CA; Dean Lesher Center of Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, USA; Kaohsiung Fine Arts, Taiwan; Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan; three museums in Japan

1996       

  • Mutations of Ink and Paper, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY
  • Horwitch-Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, AR

1994-5    

  • Between East and West - Transformation of Chinese Art in the late Twentieth Century, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT

1994       

  • Haeneh-Kent Gallery, New York

1993       

  • Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong; Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan

1992       

  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

1991       

  • David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, USA; Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH, USA

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Detroit Art Institute, MI, USA

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

Saginaw Art Museum, MI, USA

Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KA, USA

Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

The Art Museum, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Lehman Brothers, USA