Featuring works by more than forty artists from across Asia and beyond, The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+, the museum’s first dedicated exhibition on the subject, highlights the diverse explorations that have taken place within ink art since the 1960s. Through paintings, drawings, calligraphy, photographs, installations, and moving image works from the M+ collection, this exhibition explores how ink art is not merely a medium, but a crucial aesthetic in contemporary visual culture.
Lesley Ma is Curator of Ink Art at M+. Since joining M+ in 2013, she is involved in the planning, acquisition, and research of the M+ Collection and was involved in organising the 2015 Mobile M+: Live Art events. Ma previously worked as Project Director for artist Cai Guo-Qiang in New York, and was Curatorial Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and science from Harvard University, a M.A. in museum studies from New York University, and a PhD in art history, theory, and criticism from the University of California, San Diego. She is a recipient of the Fifth Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art.