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Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying – at LACMA Feb 9 – May 17 2020

Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying

February 9–May 17, 2020

(Los Angeles—January 10, 2020) The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying, the first exhibition on the great Ming dynasty painter ever organized outside of Asia. Few artists in Chinese history have proven as enigmatic as Qiu Ying (c. 1494–c.1552). Though one of the most famous artists of the Ming period, almost nothing is known about his life. Qiu Ying is said to have been illiterate, yet surviving evidence demonstrates elegant writing; and though he is said to have had few followers, he remains one of the most copied painters in Chinese history.

Featuring a total of 65 works, 45 of which are by Qiu Ying, Where the Truth Lies brings forth the largest gathering of paintings by the artist ever assembled in the U.S. with paintings by 17 other artists including his predecessors and teachers, his daughter Qiu Zhu, and followers from the early 16th through the mid-20th century.

Qiu Ying, The Jiucheng Palace (detail), Ming dynasty, c. 1525–33, handscroll; ink, colors, and gold on silk, 12 1/2 × 134 1/4 in., Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Abe Collection, photo © Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
Qiu Ying, Crab Apple and Mountain Birds, Ming dynasty, c. 1534–42, fan painting; ink and colors on gold-flecked paper, 10 1/4 × 21 3/8 in., Shanghai Museum, photo © Shanghai Museum
Qiu Ying, The Emperor Guangwu Fording a River, Ming dynasty, c. 1534–42, hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk, 67 1/2 × 26 in., National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, photo courtesy National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

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