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After Ink

By Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres

China’s young ink painters—in concept and practice

HAO LIANG, All About Him (detail), 2012, collection of works on silk, dimensions variable.

All images in this article are courtesy the artists.

Ink painting is perhaps the only native Chinese art form with universal appeal that is not dominated by Western art discourse. Throughout the 2,000 years of its history, ink painting—or more broadly, ink art—has continually evolved and adapted on its own terms, with new modes of expression using the quintessential Chinese mediums of ink, brush and paper, and sometimes…

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