Chinese artist, Walasse Ting was a critical early printmaker connected with the major avant garde art movements of the 1950's and 1960's, including the CoBra in Europe and the Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art in New York. In 1952 he arrived in Paris, at critical time in modern art, interacting with Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn and Karel Appel. Ten years later he arrived in New York and quickly gravitated toward the aesthetic and thinking of the Abstract Expressionists and Pop Artists of the day, meeting and interacting first with Sam Francis followed by Tome Wesselmen and Claes Oldenburg. His innovative lithographs utilizing vibrant color is a trademark aesthetic combining the the ideas of Abstract expressionism and Pop Art.
In 1961 his creation of a critical artist's book of his own lithographs and writing called My Shit and My Love was a foundational publication showcasing his unique aesthetic and love of printmaking. Just a year later, Ting collaborated with Sam Francis to conceive a landmark publication bringing together the works of all the important modern artists of this critical era from Europe and the USA using the same printers in Paris that collaborated with him on My Shit and My Love. In 1964 it was published under the Title One Cent Life combining writing and poetry by Ting with works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn and Karel Appel.
One Cent Life is more that just a metaphor for the austere life that Ting led in Paris and New York, but is a reflection of the equal contribution of all the artists, as well as the value of all individuals in society, including all those at the low end of society with an understanding and appreciation of simple things that are literally free to all of us if we take the time to look.
To this day it is the most important single record of early printed works of modern artists of the Post World War 2 era. DKH showcases an elite group of artists from this critical publication, including contributions by Walasse Ting, James Rosenquist, Sam Francis, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Pierre Alechinsky.