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Ding Yi's Specific Abstracted

December 16, 2011

China's leading abstract painter unveils a huge retrospective exhibition

  • Text by Karchun Leung

Ding Yi is one of the leading abstract painters in China, recently opening a grand retrospective exhibition entitled "Specific • Abstracted" at the Minsheng Art Museum, featuring 61 pieces of work dating back to 1986. It's documented that Ding Yi's work has greatly enriched the development process of contemporary art in China as a pioneer in the field of Chinese abstract painting.

By focusing on Ding Yi’s "Appearance of Crosses" series, the exhibition not only provides a review of his artistic exploration during the past two decades, but also sheds light on his persistence and patience, the two most precious qualities of his art. 
Back in mid-80s he endeavored to get rid of narrative and headed to pursue his interest in abstract art. By making use of canvas, cardboard, charcoal, ball point pen, oils, pastel and acrylic, he manages to create something extraordinary from the ordinary, an inimitable painting style integrating both minimalism and maximalism.

Ding Yi at Minsheng Art Museum @

Bldg F, No. 570 West Huaihai Road

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