New Year Prints are a venerable form of Chinese folk art closely connected with the thoughts, emotions, and lives of ordinary people. It is a jubilant, celebratory, and utterly unique folk tradition.
The Chinese New Year Prints Contest of Taiwan, which has been held 27 times since its founding in 1985, encourages artists to utilize various printing techniques to create New Year Prints that merge traditional culture with contemporary innovation. Many past works draw their images from daily life, but blend them with age-old cultural elements in order to create unique works of art that are simultaneously traditional and modern. In addition to selecting awardees and finalists every year, the New Year Prints Contest commissions experienced artists to draw on their deep cultural and aesthetic knowledge to create striking, energetic new works that reflect the influences of both East and West.
This exhibition showcases winning works from the past three years of the New Year Prints Contest, as well as commissioned works. The 24 prints that comprise the exhibition utilize a wide variety of printing techniques, including silk screen, screen printing, linocut, intaglio, relief printing, woodblock printing, planography, aluminum foil printing, and digital printing. The works are visual interpretations of traditional idioms, lucky sayings, and blessings that play on the names of three New Year animals: Tiger, Rabbit, and Dragon.
Dates of Exhibition: September 5, 2012 – October 12, 2012
Venue: Taiwan Academy in New York, 1 East 42nd Street, New York NY 10017
Monday-Friday 9:30 AM-17:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Sunday&National Holidays Closed
Contact: Yen-Chang Chou