Asia Society Museum in New York Presents 'No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki'

NEW YORK,NY—(Marketwired – June 30, 2016) – No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki, co–organized by Asia Society Museum and Colby College Museum of Art, is the first retrospective of the work of Zao Wou–Ki (1920–2013) in the United States. The exhibition aims to reintroduce American audiences to the singular achievements of this pioneering Chinese–French artist, who melded eastern and western aesthetic sensibilities in his paintings, as a key figure of the post–World War II abstract expressionist movement.

No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki takes its title from the Chinese meaning of Wou–Ki, “without limitation,” a state of being that the artist embodied through his art. One of the first artists of the Chinese diaspora to achieve international recognition, Zao was born in Beijing and spent his formative years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, where he pursued artistic study at the China Academy of Art. In 1948, he emigrated from Shanghai to Paris, where he was championed by French intellectuals and artists and in subsequent years became a major fixture in the European art world. In the 1950s and 1960s, American museums and private collectors avidly acquired his paintings, and his work was shown in numerous exhibitions including a 1968 solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the last American museum show of Zao's work until now.

The importance of Zao's work derives from his singular adaption of visual characteristics of Chinese art within twentieth–century oil–painting idioms. In Zao's hands, abstraction reflected the encounter between two worlds and embraced both European modernism and Chinese metaphysical principles. His groundbreaking internationalist aesthetic marks him as a key figure of twentieth–century transculturalism.

No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki comprises 49 works in oil, ink, print, and watercolor, spanning more than six decades and includes loans from major institutions in the United States and in Europe. The exhibition is curated by Melissa Walt and Ankeney Weitz, Colby College Museum of Art, and Michelle Yun, Asia Society Museum. A fully illustrated catalogue, the definitive monograph in English on the artist, accompanies the exhibition. A modified version of the exhibition No: Limits: Zao Wou–Ki will be on view at Colby College Museum of Art in early 2017.

No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki is organized into three sections. The first, “Calligraphy is the Starting Point,” shows a transitional moment in Zao's work during the mid–1950s to mid–1960s. His early mastery of Chinese ink and brush techniques had led him to seek the challenges of painting in oil. But after several years in Paris, he looked back to his formative training as he shaped his artistic voice. “Paradoxically, it is to Paris that I owe my return to my [Chinese] roots,” Zao commented in 1961.

The second section of the exhibition, “To Learn is To Create,” showcases earlier works made between 1945 and 1954, a period in which Zao tapped diverse visual traditions and methods, ranging from European painters such as Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, and Paul Klee, to ancient Chinese bronze inscriptions, rubbings from Han–dynasty tomb decorations, and Tang– and Song–dynasty landscape paintings.

The third section, “A Place to Wander,” looks at his mature works across the mediums of oil, ink, and watercolor, painted between 1965 and 2007, that embrace abstraction while exploring landscape, scenery, and the forces of nature.

A number of related programs have been organized to coincide with the exhibition including a half–day symposium on Zao Wou–Ki and the legacy of international postwar abstraction on November 18, a musical exploration by three boundary–crossing artists Jen Shyu, Susie Ibarra, and Samita Sinha on October 1, a series of new feature and short Chinese films on November 3–6, and a family program on December 3.

Exhibition support

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Henry Luce Foundation, the Julis–Rabinowitz Family Art Initiative, Fondation Jean–François and Marie–Laure de Clermont–Tonnerre, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Karen Y. Wang and Kevin J. Masterson, and an anonymous donor. Research, support, and collaboration were provided by Fondation Zao Wou–Ki. We gratefully acknowledge the professional services provided by Christie's.

Support for Asia Society Museum is provided by Asia Society Global Council on Asian Arts and Culture, Asia Society Friends of Asian Arts, Arthur Ross Foundation, Sheryl and Charles R. Kaye Endowment for Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Hazen Polsky Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

About Asia Society Museum

Asia Society Museum presents a wide range of traditional, modern, and contemporary exhibitions of Asian and Asian American art, taking new approaches to familiar masterpieces and introducing under–recognized arts and artists. The Asia Society Museum Collection comprises a traditional art collection, composed of the initial bequests of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, and a contemporary art collection focused on new media. Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational institution headquartered in New York with state–of–the–art cultural centers and gallery spaces in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

Asia Society Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. General admission is $12, seniors $10, students $7; free for members and persons under 16. Free admission Friday evenings, 6:00 P.M.–9:00 P.M. The Museum is closed Fridays after 6:00 P.M. in July and August.

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Seton Hall University Finance Professor Begins One-Year Appointment With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ—(Marketwired – June 30, 2016) – Frank (Hongfei) Tang, Ph.D., CFA, associate professor of finance in the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, begins a prestigious one–year appointment with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). Known as the SEC's “think tank,” the division integrates financial economics and rigorous data analytics into the core mission of the SEC, and is involved in a range of activities, including policy–making, rule–making, enforcement, and examination.

Tang, who will be responsible for rule–making related projects, will be based at SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., and work as part of a larger team. His appointment begins July 1, 2016.

“[Tang] will bring expertise to the Commission in the area of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). These needs are extremely difficult for DERA to staff because very few potential job candidates have the research experience and expertise as set forth in Dr. Tang's resume.”

Tang has been a faculty member at the Stillman School of Business since 2009. He earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests include corporate finance, derivatives, family firms, financial accounting, investments and mutual funds.

“We are so proud of Dr. Tang's appointment and the ground–breaking research that motivated the SEC to offer him this opportunity,” said Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School. “Faculty appointments at the SEC are generally reserved for the very best academic researchers. Dr. Tang is the first Stillman faculty member who has been invited to serve, and I believe that his invitation is an affirmation of the rising prestige of the Stillman School and its faculty.”


Established in 1950, the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University maintains professional accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB International. The School is also among the select group that has achieved both business and accounting accreditation, a distinction earned by less than one percent of the world's business schools. The School integrates technology, ethics, and core business skills into challenging undergraduate, graduate and unique dual–degree programs, and is committed to enriching each student's life through an ethics–centered education focusing on transforming concepts into business practice. Known for academic excellence, the Stillman School has received national recognition from Bloomberg Businessweek, US News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

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One of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall's academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car from New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university's nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

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