Fangyu Wang Chinese American, 1913-1997
Fred Fangyu Wang (1913 – 1997) was a Chinese calligrapher, art collector, and a Professor of Chinese at Yale University and Seton Hall University. He was born in Beijing in 1913, and emigrated to the United States in 1945.
As a collector, Wang was one of the most prominent modern Bada Shanren scholars. Together with his wife, Wang assembled the largest and most important private collection of Bada’s works in the world. In 1998, Wang Fangyu’s family gave a large number of paintings and works of calligraphy by Chinese artist Bada Shanren (1626 – 1705) to the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art.
As a calligrapher, Wang Fangyu found the practice of mastering past traditions constraining. Beyond his conventional education and traditional training lay the seeds of inspiration that spawned his own new and unique form of calligraphy. New, yet not so new: his calligraphy was based on traditional expertise but also “modernized,’ in part to tweak the traditionalists of which he himself was certainly one. In the process, he created an innovative body of work entitled Dancing Ink.
Dancing Ink combined his academic prowess with artistic verve. Based on his perception of the “five principles of nature” (unity, change, balance, force, and motion) and inspired by his scholarship and collection of works by the seventeenth-century painter Bada Shanren, Wang Fangyu unleashed a creative inner energy resulting in his calligraphy.
|1936||B. A. Fu Jen Catholic University, Beijing, China|
|1946||M. A. Columbia University, New York, USA|
|2020||Authentic or Forgery: How does a Chinese Connoisseur work?Fangyu Wang’s Research on|
|Bada Shanren, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, New York, USA|
|2002||Dancing Ink: The Art of Wang Fang Yu, Duke University Art Museum, Duke University, Durham,North Carolina, USA|
|2000||Year of the Dragon, solo exhibiition of calligraphy created by Wang Fangyu, depicting multiple forms of the Chinese|
|character Dragon, The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|1999||A Literati Life in the Twentieth Century: Wang Fangyu-Artist, Scholar, Connoisseur, solo exhibition of his works and|
|collection, China Institute, New York, USA|
|1998||Dragon’s Tales, E & J Frankel Gallery, New York, USA|
|1997||One-Man Exhibition, Elizabeth Wang Gallery, New York, USA|
|1994||One-Man Exhibition, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, USA|
|One-Man Exhibition, National History Museum, Beijing, China|
|One-Man Show - ‘Isolated Clouds’, L. J. Wender Gallery, New York, USA|
|One-Man Show and shown Dancing Ink video, National Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden|
The Magic of Zen, New York United Nations Header Headquarters, New York, USA
|2003||After the Madness: The Life and Art of Bada Shanren, Sackler Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., USA|
|In Pursuit of Heavenly Harmony: Paintings and Calligraphy by Bada Shanren from the Estate of Wang Fang Yu and Sum|
|Wai, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., USA|
|2001||A New Perspective on Contemporary Calligraphy, group exhibition, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan, China|
|1998||Art of Ink in America, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA|
|Beyond the Form - The Transformation and the Symbolic of Chinese Character in the Arts, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, USA|
|1997||Group Exhibition, Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco, California, USA|
|Artists over 80, Taipei Gallery, New York, USA|
|1996||Art of Ink in America, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA|
|Hanshan, Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Kolu, Germany Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA|
|1995||Chinese Korean Calligraphy, Asian American Arts Center, New York, USA|
|20th Anniversary Exhibition of the Chinese Calligraphy Association in America, New York, USA|
|The Creative Call to the Divine, Exhibition of International Culture and Art, Seoul, Korea|
|Two-Man Show with Arthur Liu, ‘Modern Chinese Calligraphy with Painting’, Gallery 456, New York, USA|
|Distinguished Chinese Artists, HLW Gallery, New York, USA|
|Third International Calligraphy Exhibition, Mainichi Shodo Association, Tokyo, Japan|
|Modern Calligraphy, Zhejiang Art Academy, Hangzhou, China|
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