The late Ming artist and poet Xu Wei 徐渭 (1521-1593) is sometimes known as China’s Van Gogh: his wild ink-brush paintings, mental instability, numerous suicide attempts, and the murder of this third wife all helped to create Xu's image. However, such a view is one-dimensional. In this talk, Edward will explore the life of Xu Wei and explore the various ways he expressed himself. Xu styled himself simultaneously as a Daoist mountain hermit living in the city, an eccentric, a Confucian scholar, a murderer, a soldier, and a champion of unbridled self-expression who yet made a living by ghost-writing formulaic poems for others. Against the backdrop of Mongol and pirate invasions, Xu was a much more complex and contradictory figure.
This webinar includes a talk by Dr. Edward Luper, with Ms. Li-Chun Hu as moderator, and a Q&A session.
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About the speakers
Dr. Edward Luper
Dr. Edward Luper is a specialist in Chinese Art at Bonhams, London. He studied the Chinese language (modern and classical) at SOAS before working briefly in a hotel in Sanya, Hainan, hoping to follow the footsteps of Su Dongpo. He continued with a Master's and D.Phil at Oxford University. His thesis was on the Ming dynasty artist and poet Xu Wei (1521-1593). He is also an artist and illustrator and his ten-meter scroll painting on the life of Xu Wei is to be exhibited in the new Xu Wei museum in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province.
Ms. Li-Chun Hu
Moderator @Asia Art Hong Kong
Li-Chun Hu is an independent art consultant specialising in Chinese ceramics and works of art. She has a background in classical music and industrial design before receiving her Master's in Art Market & Appraisals in England. Li-Chun's profession takes her to international Chinese art auctions, and she continues to give advisory services to private collectors, dealers, and regional auction houses around the world.