No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki

by Michelle Yun



The Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013) developed a distinctive abstract style blending the visual poetry of Chinese painting and calligraphy with European pictorial traditions. This stunning volume presents a richly woven narrative of the artist’s life and work. Reintroducing Zao’s work to a North American audience, the authors make a substantial contribution to scholarship on transnational art movements in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Their essays consider the reception of Zao’s work in the United States; his engagement with postwar abstraction; and his exploration of various artistic media. Melissa Walt is a research associate and Ankeney Weitz is Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College. Michelle Yun is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Asia Society. Authors: Melissa Walt, Ankeney Weitz, Michelle Yun (Colby College Museum & Asia Society, Sept 9, 2016, HC, 184 pp,  9.25 in x 11.75 in, 141 color 1llus.) >>Information on exhibition. , NY Times review

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Michelle Yun

Michelle Yun is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Asia Society Museum. Prior to her appointment to Asia Society, Yun was the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries. She has previously served as the project director of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and as a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, in addition to organizing numerous independently curated exhibitions. Ms. Yun is also a frequent lecturer on modern and contemporary Chinese art and has taught at SUNY New Paltz, Columbia University, and The Museum of Modern Art.  Her writings have been included in many publications, among them Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue, published in conjunction with her exhibition at Hunter College; Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want To Believe, published by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; entries in the Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists and The Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford University PressGreater New York, the 2003 exhibition organized by PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art; and Artforum International

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