09-12-2008 09-12-2008
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2422 Boston
September 12, 2008 12:00 PMCalender

John Way [Wei Letang] (Chinese/American, b. 1921) Autumn Branches

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2422 Location: Boston Date / Time: September 12, 2008 12:00PM


John Way [Wei Letang] (Chinese/American, b. 1921)

Autumn Branches
Signed and dated "John Way '67" l.r., identified on labels affixed to the reverse.
Oil on polycarbonate resin, 12 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. (31.8 x 60.3 cm), in a light box frame.
Condition: Good.

N.B. Shanghai-born artist John Way works in the traditional Eastern and Western mediums of ink and oil to create works influenced by both Chinese calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism.

A student of the modern Chinese calligrapher Li Jian (Chinese, d. c. 1950), Way immigrated to the United States in 1956 and settled in Boston, where he studied Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (1) Way was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Shanghai Art Museum in 2001, and more recently at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2006.

(1) Sullivan, Michael. Modern Chinese Artists: A Biographical Dictionary. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. Pg. 169.

Estimate $2,000-4,000

Minor surface grime, light box component not presently functional.


Autumn Branches, Wei Letang, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Shanghai Art Museum, University of California Press