Transcendence + Immanence: The Sacred Ink Wash Art of DaoZi
DITA and Duke University Chapel partner to present a premiere gallery of ink wash paintings by esteemed Chinese contemporary poet, painter, and critic DaoZi. Also known as Wang Min, DaoZi works in a style called Sacred Ink Wash Painting, through which he combines traditional Chinese ink painting techniques and materials with themes infused with his Christian faith. In Transcendence + Immanence, the artist uses the technique of ink wash painting to call for redemption, criticize darkness, and point to a spiritual world of universal values.
On display from October 20 to November 26, 2023, the exhibit focuses on a selection of representative pieces from the artist's vast body of work since 2007. The installation at Duke Chapel is the exhibition's premiere in the U.S.
To celebrate the exhibit's installation, DITA and Duke Chapel are hosting an opening reception on October 25 and a public lecture presented by the artist on October 26. Additional partnership and support for these events is provided by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and the Divinity School's Asian House of Studies and Historical Division.
Gallery Reception, with the Duke Chapel Choir
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. 5 PM. Duke Chapel.
A time to honor the artist and introduce the gallery, the reception will include light refreshments and music from the Duke Chapel Choir selected to complement the artwork.
Artist Lecture: The Spirit of Christ and Holy Ink Painting
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023. 12:30 PM. Duke Divinity School. Westbrook 0012.
An artist of faith with extensive knowledge of art history, DaoZi will discuss the canon of sacred art as well as the theological connections between his Christian faith and the unique medium of Sacred Ink Wash Painting. Lunch will be provided for the first 40 guests. The lecture will be followed by Q & A. Translation services provided. No registration or admission required.