Boundless Peaks: Ink Paintings by Minol Araki
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Renowned as an industrial designer, Minol Araki (1928â2010) was also a prolific painter with a firm grounding in East Asian painting traditions. Born in China to Japanese parents, and active professionally in New York and Taipei, Araki created an immense body of ink paintings that reimagined tradition and straddled East and West.
This exhibition is organized around five mid-career, large-scale worksâmonumental compositions, each of which stretches more than 70 feetâdepicting landscapes, dragons, snow monkeys, and lotus ponds. Each painting is complemented by early and late works that marry influences as disparate as the eccentric Chinese painter Bada Shanren (c. 1626â1705), the Lithuanian-American artist Ben Shahn (1898â1969), Arakiâs mentor, the renowned Chinese traditionalist painter Zhang Daqian (1899â1983), and medieval Japanese Zen painters.