On Friday, September 7, the College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery opened its season with Ying Li: No Middle Way, an exhibit showcasing the landscape paintings of Professor of Fine Arts Ying Li. The evening, which brought out a crowd of almost 250 people, kicked off with a gallery talk by Li and the show’s curator Franklin Einspruch, who is also a critic and artist in his own right in addition to being the founder of Artblog.net.
No Middle Way features canvases thickly painted with breathtaking, diverse landscapes of Alaska, western New York, New Hampshire and even Haverford’s own campus. Those paintings are shown alongside a collection of 13 modern, abstract monotypes that riff on early 18th century paintings by French Baroque artist Jean-Antoine Watteau. Though Li rarely paints people into her landscapes, Watteau does, so those prints allow audiences to see what Li’s hand can do with the familiar shape of a head or flounce of a dress in her colorful, kinetic palette.
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All photos by Lisa Boughter unless otherwise indicated.
Ying Li: No Middle Way runs at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery through October 12. For those interested in an additional hands-on experience, Li and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim will hold a free printmaking workshop on Wednesday, October 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Registration is required; email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.)
Overseen by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m.