Walasse Ting: Parrot Jungle



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The extraordinary world of the artist Walasse Ting (1928-2010)

Walasse Ting (b. 1929, Wuxi, China, d. 2010, New York) was one of the most radical and independent figures of his time. His work fused the traditions of Chinese art with the rebellious spirit of the French avant-garde, and combined the joy of the Northern European CoBrA movement with the kinesthetic power of Abstract Expressionism. His work has been considered the most extraordinary collective book of the 1960s. Walasse Ting: Parrot Jungle goes beyond 1ยข Life, reflecting on the greater narrative of Ting’s abundant oeuvre. It also provides readers the opportunity to immerse themselves in Ting’s world, in which female figures with rainbow-colored flesh are surrounded by flora, fauna and a wild menagerie of cats, parrots, grasshoppers, butterflies, flamingos, peacocks and horses. It also documents the story of Ting’s diasporic life, the formation of his transnational identity and his defiantly independent spirit. Ting is an artist plagued with the gift of being born too soon. He was a global artist before universal cultural exchange defined modern life. His work eludes the restrictions used to form historical narratives, which rely on neatly placing artists and artworks in fixed national and stylistic groupings. Western art history’s inability to situate Ting in a singular construct has lead him to be omitted from many of the cultural narratives in which he played a pivotal role.

Additional information

Weight 1306 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 30 April 2024
Number of pages 168
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and Ariella Wolens
Dimensions 24.9 x 28.8 cm
Weight 1306 g


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Ariella Wolens is the Bryant-Taylor Curator at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, a position she has held since January 2021. She has written for Art in America, Flash Art, Gagosian Quarterly and Spike among other publications. She is a member of Independent Curators International.