Dr. John Tancock, Duchamp and China, Lecture on Febuary 7th 2014. Photo Carlos Avendaño Dr. John Tancock, Duchamp and China, Lecture on Febuary 7th 2014 
Ai Weiwei, Hanging Man, 1985. Clothes hanger, 39 x 28cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Tancock is a former curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1967-72) and senior vice president of Sotheby’s (1972-2008). He is presently advisor to Chambers Fine Art, New York and Beijing, and a freelance curator. 
Wang Xingwei, Thomas, 1997. Oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm. Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile, collection of Uli Sigg.

Huang Yong Ping, The Wise Man Learns from the Spider How to Spin a Web, 1994. Photocopy of Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, metal, wood, spider, 150 x 150 x 250 cm,. Courtesy of the artist.
Dr. John TancockDuchamp and China, Lecture on Febuary 7th 2014. Photo Carlos Avendaño
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Dr. John Tancock, Duchamp and China, Lecture on Febuary 7th 2014
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Ai Weiwei, Hanging Man, 1985. Clothes hanger, 39 x 28cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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Tancock is a former curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1967-72) and senior vice president of Sotheby’s (1972-2008). He is presently advisor to Chambers Fine Art, New York and Beijing, and a freelance curator.
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Wang Xingwei, Thomas, 1997. Oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm. Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile, collection of Uli Sigg.

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Huang Yong Ping, The Wise Man Learns from the Spider How to Spin a Web, 1994. Photocopy of Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, metal, wood, spider, 150 x 150 x 250 cm,. Courtesy of the artist.

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Dr. John L. Tancock: Duchamp and China

February 7, 2014–Lecture begins at 6:30 pm

Opening Reception:
 
Lecture:
Dr. John L. Tancock, Duchamp and China
Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:30 pm
 
Free and Open to the Public


Duchamp and China explores the influence of Marcel Duchamp on contemporary Chinese art from the 1980s until the present day. As information on contemporary Western modern and contemporary art began to pour into China in the 1980s, Duchamp became a major influence on many artists even although no actual works had been seen. Based on the exhibition Duchamp and/or/in China held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing in 2013, the lecture adds a new dimension to our understanding of Duchamp’s role as the most influential artist of the twentieth century. 
 
Bio
John L. Tancock was born in London and was educated at Downing College, Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute, University of London. From 1967 to 1972 he was Associate Curator in the department of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art and Curator of the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art. He received his Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute for “The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin” in 1977. From 1972 to 2008 he was employed by Sotheby’s in New York, as Director of Contemporary Art from 1972 to 1977, Director of the department of Impressionist and Modern Painting from 1977 to 1993, President of Sotheby’s Japan from 1993 to 1995 and in 2005-2006.
 
Tancock is presently advisor to Chambers Fine Art, New York and Beijing, and a freelance curator. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the development of contemporary Chinese art.