Past Event

Art Exhibition: Pixel Analysis

June 17, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing are pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition titled Pixel Analysis by Yang Hongwei, an artist based at The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education will give the opening remarks, Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director of Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, and Xu Bing, world renowned artist and Professor at CAFA, will introduce the artist and his new work.

The Exhibition will be on display until August 16th, 2016, at the Columbia Global Centers | Beijing.

Introduction of Pixel Analysis

This series of works offers the possibility of expanding the artistic vocabulary of printmaking. Its conception stems from traditional Chinese movable type, draws on wood engraving techniques of the West, and embodies the core idea of digital matrix in the modern era.

Pixel Analysis attempts to establish a gigantic pixel database that would resemble the screen structure of the computer. Yang Hongwei designed and carved over a hundred thousand wood pieces by hand, which he terms “pixel modules”. The modules are woodblocks of varying sizes. Using his engraver’s tool, Yang carved each pixel module to a grayscale of 99 to 1 and assembled them for the purpose of image making. The combinations of modules can produce a kaleidoscope of images.


  • 14:30-15:00 Registration
  • 15:00-15:05 Welcome by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing
  • 15:05-15:20 Opening remarks by James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • 15:20-15:40  Introduction by Lydia Liu, Curator of the Exhibition
  • 15:40-15:50 Remarks by Xu Bing, world renowned artist, Professor at CAFA
  • 15:50-16:10 Group photo
  • 16:10-16:30 Open house and reception

Invited Guests:

  • Teodolinda Barolini, Professor of Italian at Columbia University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Medieval Academy of America. 
  • Wu Hung (巫鸿), Art historian and curator, The University of Chicago
  • Li Tuo (李陀), Research​ scholar at Columbia University,  writer, and critic
  • Xi Chuan (西川), Poet and professor, CAFA
  • Bao Kun (鲍昆), Photography critic
  • Judith Zeitlin (蔡久迪), Professor of Chinese Literature, The University of Chicago
  • Chen Sian (陈思安), Writer and drama director in China
  • Ouyang Jianghe (欧阳江河), Poet and critic 
  • Qian Ying (钱颖),Assistant Professor at Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University
  • Tao Qingmei (陶庆梅), Critic and research fellow, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
  • Wang Hui (汪晖), Scholar, Tsinghua University 

Sponsored by
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing
Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Columbia University Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Yang Hongwei (杨宏伟), Professor, Printmaking Department, The Central Academy of Fine Arts; Visiting scholar at Columbia University (2014). His art works have been collected by The Art Museum of CAFA, Columbia University, The Art Museum of Cornell University, Cultural Center of New Jersey, USA, Wood Engraving Foundation of Britain, National Art Museum of China, Today Art Museum as well as institutions and private collectors from all over the world.  MORE

James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education. He has been a member of Columbia’s faculty since 1990 and previously served as chair of the Chemistry Department and director of the Chemistry Department’s Undergraduate Studies Program. MORE

Lydia H. Liu (刘禾), Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities; Director of Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She is a theorist of media and one of the foremost scholars of comparative literature in the United States. She is also a creative writer in Chinese. MORE

Xu Bing (徐冰), World renowned artist, Professor at The Central Academy of Fine Arts. His most influential works are characterized by a creative use of scripts, words, and texts to show how our understanding of the world can be affected by them. MORE