August 11, 2023 – November 12, 2023

Zhen, Xu, School of Fish 3, 1997, Woodcut print, Gift of Charles T. Townley

Imprinting In Time surveys printmaking by Chinese artists from the 1980s to the present, examining the unique narrative of the medium within the contexts of cultural, academic, sociopolitical and economic changes in recent Chinese history. From the inception, the woodblock has been given singular priority for articulating social commentary and nationalistic sentiments since the 1930s. The emergence of etching, lithograph, silkscreen and digital devices in the 1980s added new energy to the medium. In response to the current decline of printmaking in the art market, a handful of artists are searching for ways to advance the medium and participate in global conversations.

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Exhibition curated by Danielle Shang.

Danielle Shang is a Los Angeles based writer, art historian and exhibition organizer. Her research focuses on the impact of globalization, urban renewal, social change, and class restructuring on artmaking and the narrative of art history.

She has organized exhibitions by artists such as Amalia Pica,Katie Ryan, Simphiwe Ndzube, LIU Wa, CHEN Zhou, ZHOU Yilun, among many. She was also responsible for organizing campaigns and large group exhibitions of Porsche Young Chinese Artists of the Year and Net-A-Porter Incredible Female Artist Award. She was a guest lecturer/speaker at USC, UCLA and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Los Angeles, and contributed texts to exhibition catalogs for artists,
such as Huma Bhabha, Zhou Yilun and QIU Xiaofei, etc. Shang has been a contributing writer for many publications, including Art Asia Pacific, LEAP, Artforum, Mousse.