The Flower of Plenary

Tzeng Yong-ning
October 5 – December 7, 2019




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In Tzeng Yong-ning’s gold-foiled The Flower of Plenary series, a large circle dominates the composition, and is in turn filled with countless smaller circles, of various patterns, colors, sizes. Packed together tightly, there is a sense of unity and harmony, due to the fact that all the individuals are grouped together in a comprehensive whole. Yet, each circle is lively and energetic, seemingly expanding outwards, floating upwards, or squeezing each other. Encompassed in a field of gold, the large circle embodies a solemn planet, sitting scared and elegant in the serenity of space.

October 5 – December 7, 2019
Reception: Saturday, October 5, 4:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm


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Island Is Land of Dream

Lin Pang-soong
September 7 – October 31, 2019
Pingtung Art Museum
October 10 – 20, 2019
Setouchi-city Art Museum

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Island Is Land of Dreams commemorates Lin Pang-soong’s departure from his hometown of Tungkang, Pingtung as a youth and celebrates his return in old age. The exhibition begins in 1975 in Lin’s student days away from home in Taipei at National Taiwan Normal University, and spans over forty years to his current works from all over the world, all of which is brought back for the retrospective at the Pingtung Art Museum, as well as the touring exhibition to Setouchi-city Art Museum in Japan.

The exhibition also features a on-going performance piece, in which Lin Pang-soong sends hand-painted Homebound Letters, from his travels back to his home in Taiwan. Lin has accumulated thousands of letters from dozens of countries for over ten years, and will continue this performance for as long as he can.

Pingtung Art Museum
74 Zhongzheng Road, Pingtung

September 7 – October 31, 2019
Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 am
Artist Tour: Tuesday, September 10, 3:00 pm
Hoirs: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm


Setouchi-city Art Museum
4911 Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi

October 10 -20, 2019
Reception: Thursday, October 10, 3:00 pm
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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A State of Being

Lin Pang-soong
January 14 – March 5, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung
March 18 – April 23, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung

Phoenix – Art from the Ashes

Xue Song
May 18 – July 14, 2019
Long Museum, West Bund, Shanghai




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Shanghai’s Long Museum (West Bund) presents Phoenix – Art from the Ashes, a large-scale solo exhibition by the artist Xue Song. Curated by Jeffrey Spalding, the exhibition features important works from Xue’s prolific artistic career spanning over thirty years, including his early ventures with fire and collage, as well as the artist’s current developments and progress with series such as Dialogue with Masters, History & Reality, City & Youth, Chinese Landscape, and Foam.

Long Museum (West Bund)
3398, Longteng Ave., Xuhui Dist., Shanghai

May 18 – July 14, 2019
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


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Faraway Breeze

Guo Kai
September 15 – 25, 2018
National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei




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Guo Kai’s brush captures the beauty of Huizhou, not in a solely realistic manner, but in response to his emotions, dreams, and personal perception of nature, in a balance between scenery and self, and also heaven and man. His landscape paintings are seemingly shrouded in layers of colorful dreamlike mist, in which blurry sunsets, aged trees, windy ponds, and vast mountains, sing with poetic resonance, giving the viewer a calming sense of spring. In his recent works, his brushwork, composition, and color have become even more refined and elegant, carrying the spirit of ancient masters, like a faraway breeze, into the golden age of the Song and Yuan Dynasties.

Elaine Suyu Liu, Curator

National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Wen Hua Gallery
505 Renai Road, Taipei

September 15 – 25, 2018
Reception: Saturday, September 15, 3:00 pm
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


Exhibition Catalog

Faraway Breeze

Guo Kai Solo Exhibition
Lofty Culture & Art, 2018
© Loftyart Gallery

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In the Prime of Vitality

Chen Yufei, Guo Kai, Huang Ming-che, Hung Tien-yu, Hsu Yu-jen, Lin Pang-soong, Ma Baozhong, Sun Liang, Wang Yigang, Yang Shu, Yu Youhan
Oct 27 – Nov 16, 2012

Beyond Abstraction

Wang Yigang
May 5 – June 2, 2018




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In the 1980s, as a student at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Wang Yigang began his pursue for individuality and self-expression, and adopted Western Modernism in retaliation against conservative art education. After ten years of experimentation with different styles, Wang favored German Expressionism by the early 1990s, which he studied, experimented, but ultimately rejected. By the late 1990s; however, Japanese Post-war art movements caught his attention, particularly Mono-ha and Gutai, which drew upon and expressed Eastern culture on the basis and success of Western Modernist modes. This prompted Wang to revisit Eastern culture, especially Buddhist Chan (Zen) philosophy, which redirected his struggle for individuality toward self-understanding. In this awakening, his internal struggle transformed from against the society to the self, and in self-criticism, he found an abandonment of all conventional painting practices and discovered new meaning purely in the movements of his body during the act of painting. In this way, every artwork became a record of his movements through space and time.

From experimentation, rejection, to self-awareness, Wang Yigang’s art transcends the painterly image, rejects all conventional practices, and ultimately goes Beyond Abstraction.

May 5 – June 2, 2018
Reception: Saturday, May 5, 3:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm


Pine.Smoke.Ink

Xue Song
January 6 – March 4, 2018




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Pine smoke ink, famous throughout China, is a type of precious inkstick made from pine soot, or the deposition of smoke particles from burning pinewood. Xue Song, who is named after the great pines (song in Chinese) of Yellow Mountain, begins his collages by burning printed images, in which the ashes are collected and mixed into his paint; this artistic practice and synthetic medium can be regarded as a new Pine Smoke Ink.

Since the late 1990s, Xue Song has made extensive use of traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting, either as ready-made images for his burnt collage, or as classical themes to be reinvented in a contemporary context. Although his practice is derived from Pop Art, it carries a profound sense of Chinese culture and the spirit of ink painting. The artistic practice of Pine, Smoke, Ink opens a new chapter in genre of Modern Ink.

Ink Asia 2017
Hong Kong Convention Centre
December 15 – 17, 2017

Gallery Touring Exhibition
January 6 – March 4, 2018
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 pm


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Collection by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Xue Song
During the Ink Asia 2017 art fair, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston made a decision to include Xue Song’s painting, Spring Colors, 2013, as part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
Timothy Chang, Art Director of Loftyart, with Nancy Berliner, Senior Curator of Chinese Art at MFA, Boston. Photo: Richard Chang
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Walking My Own Path

Lin Pang-soong
July 4 – 31, 2017
Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei




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Huashan 1914 Creative Park – Hall Center 4, Room A3
1 Bade Road, Taipei

July 4 – 31, 2017
Reception: July 8, 2017, 3:00 pm
Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Acknowledgement: Joseph Lo Art Foundation





Exhibition Catalog

A State of Being

The Art of Lin Pang-soong at 60
Lofty Culture & Art, 2017
© Loftyart Gallery

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Island Is Land of Dream

Lin Pang-soong
Sept 7 – Oct 31, 2019
Pingtung Art Museum
Oct 10 – 20, 2019
Setouchi-city Art Museum

A State of Being

Lin Pang-soong
January 14 – March 5, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung
March 18 – April 23, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung

Unaltered Landscapes

Xiong Wei
June 3 – July 1, 2017




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As Xiong Wei’s mind wonders deeply into the realm of metaphysics, in either Chan (Zen) Buddhist teachings of Emptiness or Taoist Non-action, her landscapes transcend into total abstraction and brutal minimalism. All forms of traditional symbolism and linear representation is forgotten and left behind. There is only evidence of space and time, left by the artist’s brush. While the formal qualities of her so-called landscapes have dramatically changed, the spirit behind the image remains unaltered. Like Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) artists, Xiong Wei seeks to address philosophical concerns within the boundaries of her canvas, in which the painted image appears as enigmatic as that of the ancients before her, leaving only traces of her mind to be deciphered.

June 3 – July 1, 2017
Reception: Saturday, June 3, 3:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm


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The Scripture of a Missionary of Modern Ink Painting III

Liu Kuo-sung
February 18 – April 15, 2017




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February 18 – April 15, 2017
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm



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A State of Being

Lin Pang-soong
January 14 – March 5, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung
March 18 – April 23, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung




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2007 winner of the National Awards of Arts by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Lin (Apex) Pang-soong was the youngest recipient of the Arts category in the award’s history, at the age of fifty. Over the years, Lin often finds himself repeating the words “dot by dot,” as a way of self-encouragement through his meticulous series such as My Homeland, Island of Dreams, and Homebound Letters working with the image of Taiwan through pointillism. Lin consciously returns to the most foundational element in painting, the dot, and voluntarily invests his time and energy in piecing together the composition one dot at a time. Slowly and steadily like the beating of a drum or chanting of a sutra, Lin’s painting thereby crosses over into a form of meditation, where Lin develops a new and profound understanding of simplicity, such that a simple act, through repetition becomes great; and a great act, through repetition becomes simple.

Since 2007, Lin Pang-soong’s decade-long commitment to pointillism and the image of Taiwan has allowed him to harvest creative nourishment and cultural roots from his native land. So in facing his art, Lin is free and at ease, and through the thousands of intricately placed dots, the viewer captures a glimpse into Lin’s state of being.

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung
65 Huizhong Road, Taichung
January 14 – March 5, 2017
Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3:00 pm
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung
153 Xingtian Street, Kaohsiung
March 18 – April 23, 2017
Reception: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:00 am
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm




Exhibition Catalog

A State of Being

The Art of Lin Pang-soong at 60
Lofty Culture & Art, 2017
© Loftyart Gallery

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Island Is Land of Dream

Lin Pang-soong
Sept 7 – Oct 31, 2019
Pingtung Art Museum
Oct 10 – 20, 2019
Setouchi-city Art Museum

Descry.Taiwan

Lin Pang-soong
April 6 – May 26, 2013
National Museum of History, Taipei