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Born in 1954 in New York, lives and works in NewJersey.

 

A Chinese art curator, researcher, scholar, and teacher of Chinese painting and connoisseurship, Arnold Chang received traditional literati painting training in his early life. He applies the materials, tools and techniques that were widely used in China since the 10th century to create; and is dedicated to exploring the beauty of balance in water, ink, brushwork, and linear rhythm. His work includes ink linear experiments, abstract landscape, and collaborative works that combine photography and painting.

 

While Chang’s painting technique adheres closely to tradition, his analysis of Chinese landscape painting is informed by the present. He continues to find contemporary relevance in the brushwork and composition of literati ink painting. In 2010, in response to curator Hao Shen’s invitation to create a painting in dialogue with a work in the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s collection, Chang chose Jackson Pollack’s No. 10 (1949). Chang’s creation was exhibited alongside the Pollack, both lying flat in a case like a Chinese handscroll. Both works read well when viewed from any direction, and provided audiences with a visual pairing of Eastern and Western abstract art.

 

In his scholarship, Chang proposes that both the techniques of Chinese literati painting and western abstract expressionism possess a similar principle—fractal expression, Chinese painted landscapes’ tendency to be composed of forms within like forms.Henceforth, Chang analyzes orthodox Chinese painting from the lens of Western abstract expressionism. He explores the ever-changing viewpoint and angle of vision in Chinese landscape painting and argues that there is no fixed viewpoint, creating, instead, a non-directional image in space. In the realm of abstract expressionism, Chang still practices traditional Chinese literati painting’s principle of handling the brushwork in a balanced and fused manner while breaking away from the limitations of traditional compositional structure.

 

Chang studied art history with Professor James Cahill and holds a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. Chang studied painting and connoisseurship with C.C Wang for twenty-five years. He also studied painting with Kuo Yen-ch’iao in Taipei and calligraphy with Wang Chi-yuan in New York. Chang served for many years as Vice President and Director of Chinese Paintings at Sotheby’s, where he is presently a consultant. Chang has previously taught Chinese art at the University of Colorado, San Francisco City College, Connecticut College, and Arizona State University. He has organized several exhibitions, and is the author of a book and numerous exhibition catalogues and articles on Chinese painting. Through years of work, research and connoisseurship experience, he has established an individual artistic style.

 

Chang’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, Asian Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum, and Harvard University Art Museum.

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Biography

Education

 

1978 - 2003 C.C. Wang Studio, New York, NY, USA
  Studied Chinese painting and connoisseurship with C.C. Wang
1976 - 1978 University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  MA, Asian Studies
1972 - 1976 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  BA, Chinese Language and East Asian Studies
  Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

 

Solo Exhibition

 

2010 Mind Scapes, Plum Blossom Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2006 Recent Paintings by Arnold Chang, Eskenazi Gallery, London, England
  Embracing Tradition: Ink Landscapes by Arnold Chang, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, USA
2004 A Brush With Fate: Landscapes by Arnold Chang, Charles Chu 
  Asian Art Reading Room, Conn. College, New London, CT, USA
  Reflections: Zhang Hong at 50, Kaikodo Asian Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2002 MindScapes, Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, USA
1996 Backward Glances, Kaikodo Asian Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA

 

Group Exhibition

 

2020

Spotlight on a New Generation of Chinese Art, Cleveland Museum of Art,Cleveland, OH, USA

2019 ININK: Current Trends of Ink Art, NanHai Gallery, Millbrae, CA, USA
2017 - 2019

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China, Metropolitan Museum of Art,

 

New York, NY, USA

2018 Chinese Ink Conceptual Art Exhibition, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China
 

Purity of Mind, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

  All Under Heaven: Landscapes of China by Arnold Chang and 
  Michael Cherney, Art Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA 
  Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry 
  Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA 
  From Two Arises Three: Michael Cherney and Arnold Chang in Asia, Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong, China 
  Beyond Ink, Chinese Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2017 A Literati Dialogue Through Lens and Brush, NanHai ART, Millbrae, CA, USA
  Landscape Relativities: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, TX, USA
  Wuhan Ink Art Biennale - Pursuit by ink, Wuhan Art Museum, Hubei, China 
2016 The Literati Within, Sotheby’s S2, New York, NY, USA 
  Rhythms of Abstraction: Landscape Duets of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  Chinese Landscape Duets of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA
  The Literati Within, Sotheby’s S2, New York, NY, USA
2015 The Art of the Chinese Album, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
  Ink Painting and Construction of Contemporary Chinese Art, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  From 2 Arises 3: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA
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