Walasse Ting (American/Chinese, 2010)

Walasse Ting (American/Chinese, 1929 –2010) was a Chinese-American visual artist and poet, garnering critical praise and a popular following for his colorful works blending Eastern and Western style. Born in Wuxi, China, Walasse briefly attended the Shanghai Art Academy, but always considered himself to be self-taught, learning to draw with chalk on the street at a young age. In 1952, he immigrated to Paris and became associated with the avant-garde group COBRA. In 1958, he settled in New York during the height of the Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements. His work began to transition from black and white abstractions reminiscent of Zao Wou-ki (Chinese/French 1921–2013), to boldly colored figurative works blending calligraphic brushstrokes with splatters, splashes, and bright fields of color. His widely collected series of female nudes exemplify his embrace of this decidedly Western, vivid coloration. He befriended Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994), who helped publish 1 Cent Life (1964), a book of Walasse''s poetry illustrated by artists Karel Appel (Dutch, 1921–2006), Jim Dine (American, b.1935), Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), and Francis, among others. Walasse was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship Award for drawing in 1970. Toward the end of his life, Walasse split his time between New York and Amsterdam. His works can be found in many museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern, and Centre Pompidou.

Timeline

1928
Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China
1940
Studied at the Shanghai Art Academy, China
1946
Moved to Hong Kong
1952
Arrived in Paris, France
1958
Moved to New York, US
1974
Became an American citizen
1977
Awarded a fellowship for drawing from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
2010
Passed away on May 17 in New York, US

Exhibitions

2013
Essence of Contemporary Chinese Art by Alisan Fine Arts, Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2012
Important Contemporary Chinese Artists, ART HK 12, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2010
“Walasse Ting (1928-2010) I Love Flowers All My Life” organized by Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong (solo)
Longmen Art Projects, Shanghai (solo)
Hwa’s Gallery, Shanghai (solo)
SOKA Art Center, Taipei (solo)
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (solo)
2009
Alisan Fine Arts, ART HK 10, Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, Hong Kong
The Catto Gallery, London (solo)
2008
“Walasse Ting 10th Exhibition”, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
2007
“Exploration: New Ink Art Shanghai 2007” (3rd Shanghai Ink Biennale),
2001
Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
Yibo Gallery, Shanghai (solo)
2000
Scheringa Museum, Spanbroek, Netherlands (solo)
1999
The Catto Gallery, London (solo)
1998
Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
1997
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (solo)
1996
Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore (solo)
Galerie Delaive, Amaterdam (solo)
Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
1995
Gallerie Guy Pieters, Belgium (solo
1994
Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei (solo)
Kunstforum, Belgium (solo)
P Gallery, Hamburg (solo)
Tresors, Singapore (solo)
1993
Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
Apollo Gallery, Taipei (solo)
Avant-Grande Art Center, Taipei (solo)
Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei (solo)
Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong (solo)
P Gallery, Hamburg (solo)
Galerie Luc Pieters Galerie, Knokke (solo)
Galerie l’Orangerie, St. Paul-de-Vence (solo)
1992
Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei (solo)
Sala Nonell, Barcelona (solo)
Galerie Acolea, Madrid (solo)
Lineart Ghent, Belgium (solo)
1991
Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei (solo)
Sala Nonell, Barcelona (solo)
Galerie Acolea, Madrid (solo)
Galleria del Monte Ischia, Italy (solo)
Arthouse Gallery, Copenhagen (solo)
1990
Galeria de Arte, Almansil. Portugal (solo)
Louis Stern Galleries, Beverly Hills (solo)
Galerie Alcolea, Barcelona (solo)
Galerie Alcolea, Madrid (solo)
Galerie Moustache, Osaka (solo)
Galerie l’Orangerie, St. Paul-de-Vence (solo)
Lineart, Ghent Belgium (solo)
Galleria 2RC, Milan (solo)
1989
American Club, Hong Kong (solo)
Lens Fine Art, Antwerp (solo)
American Prints Valencia, Spain (solo)
Galerie Lucy Weill-Seligmann, Paris (solo)
Galerie Ostermalm, Stockholm (solo)
Galerie Scandinavia, Goteburg (solo)
1988
Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei (solo)
Galerie Alcolea, Baecelona (solo)
Galerie Alcolea, Madrid (solo)
Galerie Guy Pieters Knokke, Belgium (solo)
Galerie Asbaek, Horsens, Denmark (solo)
Galeria Torres Clary Reus, Spain (solo)
Lineart Ghent, Belgium (solo)
1987
Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei (solo)
Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen (solo)
Gallery Esperanza, Montreal (solo)
Elfin Art Gallery, Quebec (solo)
Ars Mundi. Hanover (solo)
Galerie l’Orangerie, Geneva (solo)
1986
Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague (solo)
P Gallery, Hamburg (solo)
Galeria del Manifesto, Verona (solo)
Galerie Dessers Hasselt, Belgium (solo)
Kunstforum Ghent, Belgium (solo)
Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong (solo)
1985
Art Unlimited, Amsterdam (solo)
Galerie La Hune, Paris (solo)
Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei (solo)
Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen (solo)
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (solo)
1984
Lung Chiang Art Gallery, Kao Hsuing (solo)
Galerie BBL, Antwerp (solo)
Galeria 2RC, Rome (solo)
Galeria 2RC, Milan (solo)
Galerie Huset, Copenhagen (solo)
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei (solo)
Avant-Grande Art Center, Taichung (solo)
1983
Galerie Dessers Hasselt, Belgium (solo)
Galerie Moderne, Silkeborg (solo)
Galerie Birch, Copenhagen (solo)
Galerie Grafica Club, Milan (solo)
Lens Fine Art, Antwerp (solo)
Gallery Koppelmann, Leverkusen (solo)
Galerie Nouvelles Images, the Hague (solo)
1982
National Gallery of Art, Reykjavik (solo)
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
1980
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
1979
Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague (solo)
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
1978
Galerie Aele, Madrid (solo)
1977
Galerie Adrian Maeght, Paris (solo)
Galerie Grafica Club, Milan (solo)
Lens Fine Art, Antwerp (solo)
1975
Galerie Birch, Copenhagen (solo)
National Museum, Taipei (solo)
Galerie Nord Randers, Denmark (solo)
Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern (solo)
1974
Galerie Minami, Tokyo (solo)
Galerie Adrian Maeght, Paris (solo)
1973
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
Galerie Birch,Cpenhagen (solo)
1972
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
Galerie Birch, Copenhagen (solo)
1971
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
1970
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (solo)
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara (solo)
Galerie Birch, Copenhagen (solo)
1968
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
Galerie de France, Paris (solo)
1967
J.L. Hudsom Gallery, Detroit (solo)
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
1966
Galerie Lefebre, New York (solo)
Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (solo)
1965
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
1964
Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (solo)
1963
Lefebre Gallery, New York (solo)
Galerie Birch, Copenhagen (solo)
1962
Galerie St. Stephan, Vienna (solo)
1961
Galerie Smith, Brussels (solo)
Tresors, Singapore (solo)
Galerie Van de Loo, Munich (solo)
Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris (solo)
1960
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (solo)
Galerie Birch, Copenhagen (solo)
Galerie Espace, Amsterdam (solo)
1959
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (solo)
1957
Galerie Chalette, New York (solo)
1956
Galerie Taptoe, Brussels (solo)
1954
Galerie Paul Fachetti, Paris (solo)
1952
Hotel Cecil, Hong Kong (solo)

Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth Callege, Hannover, New Hampshire
M C A, Los Angeles
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
National Gallery of Art, Reykjavik, Iceland
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei
Tate Gallery, London
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
SAMA, Pennsylvania
Israel National Museum, Jerusalem
Philadephia Museum, Philadephia
Carnegie Institue, Pittsburgh
U.S. Steel, Pittsburgh
Gulf Oil Corp, Pittsburgh
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara
Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, Virginia
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Chicago Art Institue, Chicago
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit
Chrysler Museum, Provincetown
Musée Cernuschi , Paris
Silkeborg Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Randers Museum, Denmark
Rockeferller University, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Baltimore Museum, Baltimore