Walasse Ting: New York, New York
November 30, 2023 – February 24, 2024
Alisan Fine Arts, a stalwart of the Hong Kong art scene since its establishment in 1981, is proud to announce the opening of a new gallery location in New York City’s Upper East Side on November 30th, 2023. Known for its dedication to Chinese diaspora artists and contemporary Chinese ink art, Alisan Fine Arts continues its legacy of bridging East and West with this exciting expansion.
The inaugural exhibition at the New York location will pay homage to Walasse Ting (1928-2010), a celebrated Chinese-American artist known for his vibrant and expressive works. Ting’s longstanding relationship with Alisan Fine Arts dates back to his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 1986, organized by the gallery just five years after it opened its doors. Since that time, the gallery has mounted 11 solo exhibitions for the artist and has been instrumental in introducing Ting’s exuberant and colorful style to Hong Kong audiences, helping to establish him as a significant figure in the Chinese art diaspora. Alisan Fine Art’s inaugural exhibition in New York therefore seeks to not only showcase Ting’s unique artistic style—a fusion of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and traditional Chinese ink techniques—but also to celebrate the enduring connection between the artist and the gallery.
The exhibition in New York coincides with Walasse Ting’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Walasse Ting: Parrot Jungle, which opens on November 10, 2023 at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. The museum exhibition, featuring an extensive collection of Ting’s works, serves to reintroduce audiences to the artist’s captivating universe and underscores his role as one of the most unconventional and independent figures of his era. It bridges the gap between ancient Chinese aesthetics, European avant-garde movements, and American Pop Art.
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UPCOMING ASIA WEEK NEW YORK 2024 EXHIBITIONS
Lui Shou-Kwan: Shifting Landscapes
February 27 – April 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 27 from 6-8pm
Alisan Fine Arts is delighted to announce Shifting Landscapes, a solo exhibition celebrating the art of pioneering ink artist Lui Shou-Kwan (1919-1975). Lui’s first exhibition in New York presents transformative works from the artist’s career that bridged tradition and modernity while also sparking new dialogue in the international art community. Lui was a vanguard figure of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong, a movement that reimagined the Chinese Ink tradition and flourished from the 1950s to 1970s. Extremely influential to the following generation of artists, Lui was instrumental in transforming traditional Chinese ink painting into a modern, global art form.
Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices
February 27 – April 27, 2024
Asia Week New York Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14 from 5-8pm
Presented in Alisan Fine Art’s adjacent gallery is a group exhibition in correlation with Lui Shou-Kwan’s show, titled Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices. The exhibition will feature artists Bouie Choi, Chu Chu, Lam Tung Pang, Kelly Wang and Yang Yongliang, each of whom distinctively interpret the subject of landscape. Accompanying Asia Week New York, Alisan Fine Arts will be hosting a reception and meet-and greet with artist Kelly Wang on March 14th from 5-8pm.
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ABOUT THE GALLERY
Alisan Fine Arts, a stalwart of the Hong Kong art scene since its establishment in 1981, is excited to have opened our new gallery location in New York City’s Upper East Side on November 30th, 2023. Known for its dedication to Chinese diaspora artists and contemporary Chinese ink art, we continue our legacy of bridging East and West with this exciting expansion and bringing a piece of Hong Kong’s art history to a new audience while continuing to honor the artists that have shaped our legacy.
As we open our first location in the US, the gallery is committed to working with Chinese American and other Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists, continuing our mission of promoting cross-cultural dialogue and fostering a global appreciation for diverse artistic expressions. The gallery’s New York venture provides a unique platform for showcasing the richness of Chinese diaspora artistry, with a special focus on artists who have made significant contributions to both their heritage culture and the American art scene.
The New York City location aims to bring these conversations to a broader audience and create a space where Asian art can further dialogue with international trends and movements. The gallery will be headed up by Daniel Chen, previously the director of Chambers Fine Art. “I am thrilled to be a part of this new chapter for Alisan Fine Arts,” says Chen. “This is a gallery that has been at the forefront of Asian art for over 40 years, and it’s exciting to be able to broaden its legacy here in the center of the contemporary art world.”
Co-founded in the 1980s by Alice King, Alisan Fine Arts is one of the first professionally run galleries in Hong Kong and has been a pioneer in the field of Chinese contemporary art and new ink art, in particular, focusing on promoting mainland Chinese artists as well as established Hong Kong and Chinese diaspora artists.
We currently manage three premises, one in the upper east side of New York City, one in Hong Kong’s central business district and one in Aberdeen, Hong Kong’s southside.