Peng Weihua completed her BA and MA at the Fourth Studio of Oil Painting Department at the CAFA from 2008 to 2015. Her master's thesis studied Lin Gang’s artistic career, and she is conducting research on Pang Tao during her residency at the Inside-Out Art Museum.
On Saturday, Spetember 29, 2018, Inside-Out Art Museum will collaborate with the Institute of Provocation for the first time to co-host a public event. Current artist and researcher in residence at the IOAM Art Residency Program will present at the Institute of Provocation their research and practice during September. Titled “Collisions and Conspiracy”, Canadian artist Alvin Luong will share his video works and his methodology in art making, especially his on-going art work based on a Brecht’s play during his stay in Beijing. Peng Weihua, graduating with a BA and MA in Oil Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts will mainly focuses her talk on the artistic careers of the art couple Lin Gang and Pang Tao. In line with the academic agenda of the Inside-Out Art Museum, these two talks epitomize the intellectual perspectives of historical studies and contemporary art making.
Artistic Career of Lin Gang and Pang Tao
Speaker: Peng Weihua
Venue: Institute for Provocation
Lin Gang and Pang Tao were born respectively in 1925 and 1934. They were the first generation of oil painters after the founding of the People's Republic of China. Lin Gang’s practice started from the creation of New Year's paintings in the early 1950s. He then studied in the Soviet Union for six years for strict training of realist painting. Growing up under the artistic influence of his parents Pang Xunqin and Qiu Di, Pang Tao studied the paintings of modernist art as a child. She graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s. In a specific historical context, the artist couple have completed many revolutionary realist paintings, but in the 1980s, they initiated artistic experiments with expressionism and abstractions which continue into the new century. Through research and review, Peng Weihua will showcase the normal and “abnormal” practices of Lin Gang and Pang Tao under certain times by presenting the artistic choices of the artist couple, the exploration of their language of painting and their entanglement with the times.
About the Institute for Provocation
Institute for Provocation (IFP) is a Beijing based independent art organization and project space founded in 2010. Combining the study of theory and artistic practice, IFP aims to combine cross-disciplinary knowledge and stimulate cultural exchange and production in a collective approach. IFP organizes and advocates various kinds of activities, including artist residency, research project, discussion, exhibition making, workshop, publication, etc.