Associate Professor of Art History Stephen J. Goldberg presented a paper titled “On the Transcultural Imagination in the Art of Liu Dan and André Kneib” at the 48th annual conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP). Held June 3 at the East-West Center in Honolulu, the theme of the conference was “Imagination.”
Goldberg’s presentation focused on the works of two contemporary artists – Chinese painter Liu Dan (b. 1953) and French calligrapher André Kneib (b. 1952). The two first met during their studies in Nanjing, China, in 1979. It was the beginning of the Era of Reform, initiated by Deng Xiaoping after the death of Mao Zedong and the end of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).
Goldberg said the artists’ story is “a personal journey of artistic self-discovery each felt compelled to embark on. It was a journey that would take them beyond the borders of their own respective cultures, is search of an artistic ‘voice of one’s own.’ And, as their art demonstrates, the result of this journey is a cultural blending and translation of artistic traditions that can be termed the ‘transcultural imagination.’”