C. C. Wang is considered to be one of the 20th century’s foremost connoisseurs of pre-modern Chinese painting and calligraphy. He amassed the finest private collection of masterworks outside of Asia. However, his fame as a collector overshadowed his own significant achievements as a creative artist.
New York native Arnold Chang studied painting and connoisseurship with C. C. Wang for twenty-five years. The two met on the West Coast when Chang was a graduate student at Berkeley. After attending two classes that Wang taught in San Francisco, Chang decided to temporarily forgo his entry into the PhD program and moved back East to study privately with Wang.
In this lighthearted presentation, Chang will explore the many facets of C. C. Wang’s life and career and share some of his personal experiences of interacting with him as a teacher, mentor, and close friend.