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Feb. 21: Au Ho-nien appears in Indianapolis!

Master Au Ho-nien, one of the greatest living Chinese artists, comes to the University of Indianapolis to demonstrate his painting.

When: Tuesday February 21, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Student Center, lower level

RSVP by February 10 to Phylis Lin at lin@uindy.edu

Oh my, this is a remarkable opportunity. It's a pity so many residents of the city don't know that the University of indianapolis hosts a museum of Master Au Ho-nien, one of the greatest living Chinese artists. Master Au is Huagang Chair Professor of Art at the University of Chinese Culture in Taipei, the highest accolade for an artist in Taiwan. In addition to being considered the foremost artist of the Lingnan School, Master Au epitomizes the very best of the traditional Chinese scholar: master calligrapher, skilled seal carver, connoisseur and collector of the arts, cultivated expert on Chinese classic literature. Scholars of Master Au's level of refinement were all but wiped out during China's upheavals of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

That the University of Indianapolis has the Museum of Master Au is a testimony to the commitment of U of I Prof. Phylis Lan Lin to enriching the cultural lives of her university and her city.

You can find much more information about Master Au's life in the Museum catalog, although the online version has only Phylis Lin's text, not the splendid reproductions of the pieces that the book has. And even though you can find digital collections of Master Au's paintings from Hong Kong University or Lingnan Art, this doesn't compare to the stunning textures of the paintings' brushwork. If you haven't been to the Museum (and I know that many northern residents of Indianapolis never go that far south!) you have deprived yourself of a very special experience.

As noted in the IndyBuzz blurb about Nigerian artist Prince Twins Seven-Seven, we have a very special chance to see two of the greatest masters at work in February. You should try to attend both events ... I will be eager to hear what you think.

Experiencing Master Au and his work should awaken a desire to learn more about China's culture and civilization, its history and its future. Peruse IndyBuzz for the many opportunities to learn about Chinese business. As the Asian galleries at IMA open we will get more opportunities to immerse ourselves in Chinese art.

On February 21 Master Au will appear at a luncheon, then will demonstrate his painting technique. Lunch is $15. RSVP by February 10 (sooner since space is sure to be limited) to Phylis Lin at lin@uindy.edu.

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GivingThroughElvis said...

This painting is beautiful indeed. Where can I buy his work in Calif. US?


Michael Chan said...

I just realize how beautiful and dynamic his work is.

scott davidson said...

A client suggested that I place a "nice painting" rather higher up on the wall of my dental surgery, so that she could see while dental work was being done for her. A good idea, I thought, to distract clients.
My nurse found and ordered this canvas print, http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-7Z5Q5K, by Gustav Klimt, by browsing to wahooart.com who made our excellent print from their database of images from western art.

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