Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kwei Dun a.k.a. Kwei Teng at the Brooklyn Museum

The Rockford Morning Star
May 12, 1929

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
(New York)
May 26, 1929

Group Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings
by American and Foreign Artists
June 1, 1929 through October 1, 1929

Kwei Teng
An unusual group of works are those of Kwei Teng who was born in Soochow, China, 1902. Mr. Teng has applied himself very seriously to the study of painting which included ten years of self-study in Chinese painting and ten years of self-training in the old Chinese art of finger painting, in which technique he has established his own method and style.

He continued his education at the University of Washington, where he majored in painting and sculpture and after graduation lectured on Oriental culture and taught painting to American students.

By his understanding of Oriental and Western education he hopes to be “one of the builders of the bridge between Western and Eastern civilizations”.

His painting is in the pure Chinese manner but he is fully aware of the accomplishment and aims of the art of the West. Teng has exhibited in his native city in San Francisco, Rockford, Ill., and Seattle Wash. One of his bas-reliefs is permanently installed in the College of Mines Building, University of Washington.

The New York Times
June 9, 1929
...There are Chinese paintings by Kwei Teng—“in the Old Manner”—yet with surplusage eloquent of the number of things unloaded by the Western world upon Chinese reticence....

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