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Figurative painter to lead events, Feb. 20-23

Figurative painter Zhi Lin will participate in several events on campus the week of Feb. 20 as a fellow in the Council of the Humanities and the Tang Center for East Asian Art.

Lin, whose work is deeply rooted in the study of Chinese visual culture, is a professor at the University of Washington-Seattle. A graduate of the China National Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the Slade School of Fine Art at the University of London and the University of Delaware, he has shown his work in a number of major institutions in England, France, Japan, Taiwan, Pakistan, China and the United States.

Lin's large paintings and small studies are the result of more than a decade of work on a project, "Five Capital Executions in China." The five large paintings, "Starvation," "Flaying," "Firing Squad," "Decapitation" and "Drawing and Quartering," are significant as portrayals of history and cultural critique. The sketch shown here is a study for "Drawing and Quartering."

Lin will give two illustrated talks: "Zhi Lin's Work: A Journey Across History and Culture" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.; and "Self-Portraits: Investigations of Nature, the Past and the Present" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 106 McCormick Hall.

He also will lead three workshops on "The Artist as a Critical Observer and Investigator" at noon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in Room 302 at 185 Nassau St.

The events are sponsored by the Council of the Humanities, Tang Center, Program in Visual Arts, Department of Art and Archaeology and University Art Museum.

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