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Don't miss this exhibit of Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian's paintings now at the UMD Art Gallery

Gao Xingjian, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000, signed a copy of one of his celebrated books to add to the collections of the University Libraries at a ceremony Wednesday.   

Jason Kuo, professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, coordinated Gao’s visit to the university. Kuo’s recent publication,The Inner Landscape, features Gao’s paintings and complements an exhibit of Gao’s work on display in the university’s Art Gallery through December 20. 

The paintings, elegant ink washes in black and white, provide just a glimpse of the laureate’s many talents. He is author, translator, dramatist, director, and critic. Born in 1940, in Jiangxi province in eastern China, Gao is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Jason C. Kuo is Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland and has taught at the National Taiwan University, Williams College, and Yale University. His numerous publications include: The Austere Landscape: The Paintings of Hung-jen, The Inner Landscape: The Paintings of Gao Xingjian, and Transforming Traditions in Modern Chinese Painting: Huang Pin-hung’s Late Work. He edited the volumes Visual Culture in Shanghai, 1850s-1930s; Perspectives on Connoisseurship of Chinese Painting; and Stones from Other Mountains: Chinese Painting Studies in Postwar America.