'A Book Like Hundred Flower Garden: Walasse Ting's 1¢ Life'
Walasse Ting (1928-2010) was born Ding Xiongquan in the Chinese city of Wuxi, and spent much of his early life in Shanghai. By the time he moved to Paris in 1953, he had adopted the pseudonym Walasse Ting; the last letters in "Walasse" are an homage to the painter Henri Matisse. In Paris, he befriended artists including Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel and Asger Jorn. Moving to New York in 1956, he encountered members of the Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements. These relationships were instrumental both to his artistic development overall, and to the eventual creation of what became his most ambitious and best-known project: the "1¢ Life" portfolio.
Ting described "1¢ Life" as "a 9-pound baby with 27 painters as parents." The artists who agreed to illustrate his poems represent a wildly divergent and international assortment of styles.
Artists include, in order of appearance: Alan Davie, Alfred Jensen, Sam Francis, Walasse Ting, James Rosenquist, Pierre Alechinsky, Kimber Smith, Alfred Leslie, Antonio Saura, Kiki O.K., Asger Jorn, Robert Indiana, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Karel Appel, Tom Wesselmann, Bram van Velde, Joan Mitchell, Allan Kaprow, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, K.R.H. Sonderborg, Roy Lichtenstein, Öyvind Falström, Reinhoud, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Mel Ramos, and Enrico Baj.
This exhibition was curated by Molly Kalkstein, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History and the Marti and Ed Slowik Curatorial Intern.