The Composition of Distance C

The Composition of Distance C
Scroll, mounted and framed
Ink and colour on paper
139 x 69 cm. (54 3/4 x 27 1/8 in.)
Executed in 1970
Kansas, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, 1976.
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Selected exhibitions
2014 National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
2013 Shandong Museum, China (solo)
2012 National Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
2011 National Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
2007 Palace Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
2006 Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA (group)
2004 Hong Kong Museum of Art (solo)
1998 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (group)

Notable collections
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, California, USA
British Museum, London, UK
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts ,USA
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Palace Museum, Beijing, China

Liu Kuo-sung, a native of Shandong, settled in Taiwan in 1949. At the age of 20 Liu shifted his studies to Western painting and later co-founded the Fifth Moon Group to promote Chinese contemporary art with a Western perspective. By 1961, Liu had refocused his energies on the ink and brush genre, which allowed him to better express his own culture. Liu has taught at numerous institutions, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Ohio, and National Taiwan Normal University. Considered the "father of Chinese modern ink" in Taiwan, Liu has received numerous awards for his contribution to art development in Greater China. He constantly introduces new techniques and materials in his works- from techniques such as collage, paper tearing, ink rubbing, and steeping ink between two pieces of paper. Liu explores the unpredictability of ink and paper reacting with each other, resulting in his many series of ethereal abstract and landscape paintings over the past six decades.

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In 1968, upon seeing the images of Earth taken by the astronauts on Apollo 8, Liu Kuo-sung was inspired to develop his space painting series. Further motivated by the first manned moon landing in 1969, he began to contemplate on the cosmic vision of stellar bodies in motion, which he imaginatively depicted in The Composition of Distance series. Liu's abstract and textured brushwork creates a free and vast space underneath the sun and moon - one that draws the viewer into an infinite, celestial universe.

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