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RE: Chinese Brush Painting

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Katherine Randolph (krand)
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 18:51:24 -0800

Her name was/is Yani, and she was noted for her paintings of monkeys and
chicks. She was born in 1975. By the time she was 8-9 was well known in
China, then gained international recognition by the time she was a teenager.
(I worked as a specialist in Chinese Painting at Christies in the late 80s
when she was a "big sensation" in the Chinese painting circles in Hong Kong
& the US. Had all the "elder" Chinese connoisseurs & artists debating
whether someone so young could really have "talent".)

In Howard Gardner's Book "To Open Minds", his comparative study on
creativity & art education in the US & China, he mentions her work and
features a few photos of her brush drawings. If you haven't read it, its a
fascinating and balanced evaluation of the differing approaches used in
America & China to foster both the creativity & discipline necessary to be
an artist.

I did a search on Yahoo/Alta Vista and found a record on an exhibit
catalogue from 1989 (Nelson-Atkins gallery, 1989). Don't know if it's still

Good luck

>From the Complete Record of Information. URL

Author : Ho, Wai-Ching, 1924.Title : Yani : the brush of innocence Ho,
Wai-Ching, 1924.Edition : 1st ed.Publisher : New York : Hudson Hills Press
in associa 1989. Description : 143 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm.Notes : Includes
index. Published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by the Nelson-
Atkins Museum of Art.Subjects : Wang, Ya-ni, 1975---Criticism and
interpretation..Added Authors : Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.Series Added
Entry : LIBRARY.Call Numbers : ND2070.W37 Y36 1989.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: anne roberts [SMTP:aroberts]
> Sent: Friday, March 27, 1998 2:47 PM
> To:
> Subject: Chinese Brush Painting
> I am in the process of developing an Asian art unit. I recall a young
> Asian girl who is a child prodigy at brush painting. I can't remember
> her name. Can anyone help me out? I heard there was a video about her
> and her work. Any info on that? Thanks in advance.
> Anne Roberts