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"Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond" -- Abstract and Avant-Garde Calligraphy at the Godwin-Ternbach

-- Art of Ink in America Society Returns to NY for its Biennial Exhibition, Nov. 21-Dec. 30--

FLUSHING, NY, November 7, 2013  Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond, a special exhibition opening at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum on November 21, 2013, will feature new works by Art of Ink in America Society (AIAS) members. The group returns to New York after their previous 2011/2012 exhibition in Manhasset, NY and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Approximately 50 pieces by 32 members and five invited artists will be on view through December 30th. 

New York was one of the first cities where modern, abstract calligraphy took root, inspired by a major retrospective of Abstract Expressionism in the 1990s. Up to that point, there was little appreciation of its development, with the focus remaining on traditional Asian calligraphy. At that time a Japanese gallery owner commented, “It is a surprise and a brave achievement that this kind of new calligraphy is being shown in Manhattan.
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Since then, with piqued interest in abstract calligraphy, it is particularly meaningful that
Gesture and Beyond returns to New York, where contemporary calligraphy first received recognition. Abstract calligraphy has flowered all over the world, and Gesture and Beyond shows why. “It goes without saying that today gestural calligraphy is considered an important art form,” says Amy Winter, Director of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. “In the modern era, calligraphy has become a highly valued aesthetic practice standing on its own merits apart from any verbal or symbolic meaning, and is embraced globally, as evident in the diversity of the participating artists.”

The abstract and avant-garde pieces on view demonstrate the many different forms and innovative techniques available to contemporary ink painters. Since its inception almost 20 years ago, the Society has exhibited in East Asia, Europe, and North America and has grown to include artists from China, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Romania, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.

This year, the exhibition also incorporates a special section in honor of the Society's founder, “Hanong,” pen name of the late Dr. Sun Wuk Kim (1929-2012), showing five works never previously displayed. A full-color catalogue accompanying the exhibition includes the work of participating members and five invited artists.

Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond in the main gallery is accompanied in the museum’s upper gallery by a six-day showing of Masterworks of Hangeul Script by “Aram,” Dr. Yoo Sung Lee. These works illustrate different calligraphy styles developed over time, which are outstanding in both visual and emotional expression.

An opening reception for Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm, featuring talks by three artists and calligraphy demonstrations by five artists. The public is cordially invited. View a list of the participating artists here; some names are available as hyperlinks to more background.

Museum Hours and Location
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is located on the campus of Queens College and is easily accessible from Manhattan and Long Island. Directions: LIE Exit 24 Kissena Blvd 7, E ,F Train Q25, 34 or 64 Bus. The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 7:00 pm; and Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed on Fridays and during college recesses and holidays.  All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. For further information call (718) 997-4747 or visit

About the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is one of eight entities of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. It presents exhibitions and programs that provide significant educational opportunities and aesthetic experiences to residents of the New York City metro area. The museum is the only comprehensive art collection in Queens and houses over 6,000 objects dating from ancient to modern times. The breadth of these holdings and the rich resources of the college allow for presentations that speak to the interests and needs of the diverse audiences that the GTM serves. Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, films, workshops, and an active website complement and interpret the art on view. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  


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