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COOLEY GALLERY SHOW FEATURES CHINESE ARTIST LO CH'ING

Artist reception and lecture set for February 20


Calling for the Ancients: Ink Paintings and Calligraphy by Lo Ch'ing opens at Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery on January 31 and will remain on view through March 9. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, includes the series Roaming Stones, Calling for the Ancients, Homage to the Palm Tree, Writing with the Word White, and Calligraphy in Color. The Cooley Gallery, in Reed's library, is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. Parking is available nearby, and the #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the campus entrance near the library. For more information, see http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call 503/777-7790 .

Artist reception and lecture: Thursday, February 20
Lo Ch'ing will be at Reed's Vollum lounge for a reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 20. At 7:30 p.m. he will speak in Vollum lecture hall on aesthetic problems faced by Chinese ink painters in the past 150 years.

A prolific painter, poet, art critic, and scholar of art and literature, Lo Ch'ing was born in mainland China in 1948. While well grounded within the discipline of traditional Chinese painting, he has continuously expanded the horizon of Chinese art. Highways, telephone poles, palm trees, and even UFOs have been incorporated into Chinese art through his efforts. As a professor of English and an art critic, he is largely responsible for introducing postmodernist theories to Taiwan, where he now lives. Many of his paintings can be viewed as attempts to challenge and subvert the tradition of Chinese art. Lo Ch'ing's scroll paintings and calligraphy have been exhibited in more than 30 shows worldwide and have been collected by museums around the world, including the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Praised also for setting new directions for modern Chinese poetry, Lo Ch'ing's poetry has been translated into nine languages. Books of painting, some of which are combined with poetry, include A Book of Matchbox (1999) and From Few Inches to Thousand Miles (2000). He has also published art and literary criticism, such as What is Postmodernism? (1989) and The Aesthetics of Ink (1991).

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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