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Time:2016-01-18

Bai Ming’s recent retrospective exhibition in Paris demonstrated a wideranging expression in both ceramics and painting. In both fields, he is a considerable master, and while these two distinct areas of activity express very different aesthetic sensibilities, they both demonstrate a breadth of visual research and a depth of personal concern. While so different in content and appearance they express similar temperaments; both are tranquil and elegant, simple and profound, perhaps reflecting the abstract base of most Chinese art. Occasional contradictory elements, however, show glimpses of turmoil in the harmony as though real life disturbs the inner spirit. Perhaps this is a constant element in the Chinese tradition, but while both Bai Ming’s paintings and ceramics have the familiar appeal of tradition, they are also both highly original and individual. The paintings are heavily textured, robust and energetic, as though still in progress, while the ceramics are more refined and quieter with a high gloss sophisticated finish. But mystery pervades all the work; nothing is obvious; and we come away from Bai Ming’s exhibition enriched, but still curious.
 
Tony Franks
Former Chairman of the UNESCO International Caramics Association
 
Bai Ming is not only a young painter, but also a creator of ceramics and stoneware. He is known for the creation of abstract works in porcelain in China. Recently, he showcased his decorative skill to the public in the United States. He is a teacher of an Art Institute in Beijing, and because of this, he has influenced many students. 
 
Susan Peterson
Honorable Veteran Professor of Hunter College, the University of New York
 
For many years,Bai Ming has always been an important advocator crying up conducting international dialogues. In the passed year(2001), his visit to America is very important. As an artist, he brings cognition and information for us constantly by his works. And also he records the developing history of contemporary ceramics art in truth by his diligent effort.
 
Wayne Higby
Famous Ceramics Artist in America,Professor
 
Thank you for sharing with me this unusual moment; For me, this is an extraordinary experience, I found that Bai Ming’s ceramic art has reached a high level which is far beyond all my imagination and I can never attempt to reach. Now I know, with the existence of this beauty, it has been fantastic for me".
 
Marie-Jeanne Roger
Monaco Prime Minister’s Wife
 
The most ancient object made by the Man that was discovered, is not a tool nor a weapon, but a music instrument, a flute. That shows how Art finds its inspiration in the past and projects us into the future. The artist becomes a purveyor. Bai Ming is one of those: he goes to seek into traditions, he also seeks into his imagination to our great delight. He unwinds his dreams’ thread, with this thread he weaves a canvas that he then paints. Bai Ming perpetuates the most ancient Art of enchanting, and he does it with great talent from East to West; I praise in him both artist and friend.
 
Denis Laming
Famous Architect in French
 
 
What a stunning emotion when facing Bai Ming’s work ! All elements come to life, they reveal their structure and their complex composition. This vision always invites us to calm and serenity, often to energy and sometimes to fragility. We are given an amazing journey at the core of the material. Whatever the means of expression, everything is harmony and beauty. I deeply feel that BAI Ming’s work has always existed and will always be. It’s indeed hard for me to detach myself from this genuine and clear dream into which I’ve plunged.
 
Michel Caud
City Planning Expert and International Curator
 
The ceramic work of Bai Ming, as well as his paintings, succeed prodigiously in fitting into the excellence of the most traditional Chinese art, that is obvious for his ceramic work but keeping only what’s the main thing, the density of the material, the beauty of shape, the elegance of the line, in order to reach an aesthetic purity which grips and reassures you at the same time…”
 
Philippe Guelluy
Former Ambassador of France in China
 
Bai Ming is both of a ceramist artist and a painter. After the opening of China, he is one of the first artists who have modernised and updated the art of porcelain. His style is thus a combination of tradition and modernity. But in his effort of modernisation, Bai Ming has succeeded in distinguishing himself from the standards of Western Art, as well as from the current norms of the Chinese contemporary porcelain production. That goes to show how original and powerful his art work is. Powerful, but also made up of purity, softness, sobriety, discretion, nobility and elegance. He will undoubtedly leave his mark in his time.
 
Alain Mignot
Professor of Poitiers Univeristy, President of Confucius Instiute at Poitiers University
 
Mr. Bai Ming puts a scholar’s temperament and a craftsman’s skill into a perfect combination, and both of the two elements can be traced back to a long cultural tradition. This is what people call “hand-feel culture”, along with individual freedom and in contrast with the prevailing popular culture.
 
Yin Jinan:
Dean of the School of Humanities of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, A Scholar of Chinese Art History and An Art Critic
 
Like Confucianism, Taoism and Zen, Bai Ming’s ceramics are deep, distant and mysterious.
Bai Ming’s ceramics are Confucian. His blue and white ceramic works are learned and refined, with the thinking of Confucian culture running through, which is moderate, subtle, gentle and flexible. The quality of porcelain is like the luster of jade, in a simple, crisp and elegant shape, with a water-like rhythm. Both the shape and quality of these ceramics are in line with the "golden mean" of traditional Confucianism, that is, "heterozygosity", simple without lacking in fineness and exquisiteness, which fully demonstrates the change of shape and quality of porcelain, and contains a Confucian cultural temperament of elegant and rigid combination.
 
Bai Ming’s ceramics are Tao, which is natural, agile and aloof, containing the mysteries of Taoism. His modern ceramics have the "simple" and "natural" aesthetic characteristics of Taoist culture in the shape, highlighting the free spirit of a natural life itself demonstrated in regular movement. The organic combination of cultural awareness and use of material makes the "mysterious" and abstract expression of Taoism and the intention schema of modern experience combined together, with image and meaning constituting a complete analogy. Bai Ming’s ceramics are Zen, pure and wise, revealing a dark inspiration. His series of works, Zen • Form and Process, are in simple structure and pure forms. The natural texture formed by freely rolled-up clay tablets provides great visibility and a sense of mystery for the visuals, the rhythm of flow lines and torsion of clumps seem to indicate some kind of emotions escaping from the noisy and restless reality, showing a sense of time in Zen typical of oriental culture, those mysterious short notches suggest a certain inner dilemma, while the combination of all works as a whole seems to reshape the contemporary sense of existence and concept of survival - life is like Zen.
 
Luo Yiping
Curator of Guangdong Art Museum and Art Critic
 
Bai Ming is one of the artists who explore modern ceramic art under new culture of China reform and opening-up.Combining researching result of Chian traditional ceramic art and factors of modern art,Bai forms his own unique ceramic art style.
According to my opinion,two series of Bai’s works expresses his efforts on developing traditional china art.One series is his drawing on ceramic vessel.This is very important expression form of traditional ceramic.In Bai’s works,this expression form is strengthened and forms his own unique style.He regards rounded ceramic vessel as whole holistic space and draws kinds of natural lives,which makes the vessel become vivid life carrier but not only a vessel.Bai is good at handling calligraphic line and Chinese painting to express a kind of abstract beauty and form combination of classic and modern.Another series is ceramic works made by himself.In this form,his conception contains more culture feelings. It makes ceramics vessel a culture symbol.He makes use of clay’s character and leaves handcraft traces. His most fantastic works look like nature - made,belong to nature and flower of nature and time.
The creation process of Bai Ming is a constant exploring process on ceramic sculpts, His
art shows China modern ceramic development direction.
 
Fan Di’an
Chinese Art Museum Director
 
Bai Ming’s comprehensive material testing is based on three solid foundations: the sensitivity with material media, the study and inheritance of Chinese traditional abstract vocabulary, as well as the practical positioning of personal discourse.
He not only wants to reject the intrusion of ideology with pure forms and the value of characteristics and rebuild the historical function of art through the difference between art and reality; but also wants to create a series of reflective themes for art, so that the concept of works would go beyond the value of language experiments, while at the same time, he tries to return to the height of rational history from the erosion of material reality and find the possibility of rebuilding human value there. In this way, Bai Ming has become a formalist, life experimentalist and historicist.
 
Zhang Xiaoling, Meng Luxin
Well-known Art Critic
Bai Ming's works are more of a summary, a summary of his marginal exploration of Chinese painting these years.
 
Yin Shuangxi
Well-known Art Critic
 
Bai Ming’s works have three directions: the first is character, mostly with performance; the second is rationality; the third is a "random" nature, which is neither emphasizing performance nor purely rational with the performance of material. I like his rational works with a "random" nature, which has inner heritage. His rationality is not like the Western cold abstraction, with hot in cold, which I think is a contemplation in anxiety. He combined his anxiety in real life with contemplation; I think this kind of works has achieved a relatively high level.
I think it is a contemporary desire to rebound the traditional spirit of culture and philosophy. Such a desire and aspiration can be seen whether from his works or from the title of the painting. The above-mentioned works are very macro and inclusive.
 
Liu Xiaochun
Well-known Curator and Art Critic