A Summer Of Chinese Art In New York: Must-See Exhibitions

    Lovers of Chinese art have plenty of opportunities to escape the heat and check out exhibitions of some of China's top artists this summer in New York.
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    Exhibitions Of Chinese Contemporary Art Increasing In Major US Cities#

    Lovers of Chinese art have plenty of opportunities to escape the heat and check out exhibitions of some of China's top artists this summer in New York. Here are some of Jing Daily's picks for the "must-see" shows of the season:

    Wang Guangle#

    (June 22 - August 17, 2012)

    Currently on view at one of Chelsea’s blockbuster galleries, The Pace Gallery, is the first U.S. exhibition of Chinese artist Wang Guangle (b. 1976, Songxi, Fujian), featuring seven new works from his Untitled series, extensions of his earlier series, Coffin Paint (2004). Derived from the Fujian tradition of elders preparing their coffins with a fresh coat of lacquer each year before their death, Wang has appropriated the practice onto canvas by methodically applying layers of acrylic paint, creating an illusionistic gradation of tones and depth. Dedicating virtually the entire gallery space to seven of these gems, Pace and Wang have created a meditative, sombre atmosphere that you must experience for yourself.

    The Pace Gallery#

    534 West 25th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    Mi Lou: Recent Works by Hong Lei#

    (June 21 – August 11, 2012)

    Multimedia artist Hong Lei returns to Chambers Fine Art this summer with an installation inspired by Mi Lou, the legendary architectural folly of Emperor Yangdi (604-618). Enchanted by tales of lore, Hong reminds us of the hold the past has over our imagination as well as the great cultural and artistic achievements of China’s past.

    Chambers Fine Art#

    522 West 19th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    America through a Chinese Lens#

    (April 26 – September 10, 2012)

    America through a Chinese Lens surveys photography of American life as shot by contemporary Chinese and Chinese-American artists, documentary photographers and non-professionals, identifying the specific ways in which the Chinese have used the camera to reflect their experience in the US.

    Featuring photographs and projects by: Yan Deng, Wing Young Huie, Wayne Liu, Arthur Ou, Julie Quon, Ka-Man Tse, Tseng Kwong Chi, Ann Woo, An Xiao, Amy Yao, Chien-An Yuan, Hai Zhang, Jiajia Zhang, and Community photographs from MOCA’s collection

    The Museum of Chinese in America#

    215 Centre Street
    New York, NY 10013

    Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong#

    (April 24 – August 5, 2012)

    Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) stands as one of the most important and revolutionary artists of twentieth-century China—a master of both oil and ink painting as well as a visionary writer on art and creativity. Asia Society is honored to be showcasing the best of Wu’s ink works from the mid-1970s to 2004, including some of his most notable landscapes, architectural paintings, and pure abstractions. The exhibition traces the development of Wu’s work with a focus on the rich historical legacy of ink painting in China and Wu’s radically formalist individual style that continues to challenge our expectations of ink and its exploitations.

    Asia Society#

    725 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10021

    Wang Gongxin: My Sun#

    (June 6 – August 5, 2012)

    One of the first artists to create a site-specific video installation in China in the mid-90s, Wang Gongxin and his panoramic three-channel video installation, My Sun (2000), will be one of many spotlight features this summer at Asia Society. My Sun explores the rise of individualism in modern Chinese society, a theme in tandem with Wang’s greater preoccupations with social and cultural clichés and misconceptions.

    Asia Society#

    725 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10021

    Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao#

    (September 7, 2012 – January 20, 2013)

    This September, Asia Society Museum’s most anticipated event will be Lin Tianmiao’s (b. 1961, Shanxi Province, China) first major U.S. solo exhibition, featuring a textile-rich collection of installations and sculpture. Surveying the past 20 years of the artist’s career, this retrospective highlights the remarkably consistent focus on women’s issues that is subtly embodied in Lin’s work. The exhibition will fill Asia Society’s entire museum space with several new installations and many works never-before-seen outside of China.

    Asia Society#

    725 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10021

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