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  • “Moving Ink: Tong Yang-Tze”

    Taipei Fine Arts Museum
    181, Zhongshan North Road, Section 3
    December 14, 2019–March 8, 2020

    Curated by Fang-Wei Chang

    Tong Yang-Tze’s oversize ink works recall ancient brush traditions but pulsate with au courant energy. Her “chaotic script” combines both rapid and protracted brushstrokes to render poetry in wet and parched ink densities on lengths of paper spanning up to 180 feet. The Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s entire first floor will be overtaken by these immersive genre-bending installations, offering visitors a spatial appreciation of calligraphy. Upstairs, the artist’s ink abstractions from the 1960s and ’70s will be on view alongside a rare display of early oil paintings. The spirited and fiercely independent Tong could only thrive in Taiwan, not because her content is controversial, but because for nearly six decades she has operated outside of political distractions. You won’t find her exhibiting anywhere in China during her lifetime, and that fact makes this show worth the pilgrimage.