China Through the Prism of the Democratic Art of Printmaking

China Through the Prism of the Democratic Art of Printmaking

Presenter:Professor Endi Poskovic, University of Michigan
Date:Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time:12pm – 1:30pm
Location:Michigan Room, Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor

During the course of a single year, I traveled to the People’s Republic of China on three separate occasions, my first interactions with this extraordinary society and culture. In China, the future appears to already be in the present, and yet the impetus that led to my visits is somewhat of an anomaly: the study of the traditional art of relief block printing, an art still practiced by many contemporary artists today. Block printing is one of many inventions China gave the world, a creative process that led to many other discoveries and arguably impacted the course of human history. In the context of my research about current art in China, I will examine the work of several contemporary Chinese printmakers who either, by working traditionally, and/or using discipline’s traditions as a point of departure, contribute to the vitality of art making on a global scale.


A recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Pollock-Krasner, Camargo, McDowell, Flemish Ministry, Norwegian Government Fellowships, and many others, Poskovic was educated in Yugoslavia, Norway and the US. He has exhibited extensively, representing the US in all major international biennials and triennials. His work can be found at Harvard University Fogg Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and China Academy of Art. Poskovic is a Professor of Art and Design at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design, and Faculty in CREES and CES.