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Beyond Ink

China’s Young Neotraditionalist Artists

By Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres

QIU ANXIONG, “Hubian,” video still from Minguo Landscape, 2006: 14 min 30 sec.

All images in this article are courtesy the artists.

The concept of Chinese ink art is not solely defined by the materials and tools used; it also refers to an entire aesthetic and cultural system. In the previous issue of ArtAsiaPacific (Issue 85, Sep/Oct), I discussed how young ink painters from mainland China—particularly those born after 1970—are finding their own voices in the traditional tools of ink and brush. Yet there
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