Greater New York is the fourth iteration of the renowned series, begun in 2000 as a collaboration between MoMA PS1 (then P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center) and The Museum of Modern Art, that showcases emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. This Greater New York arrives, however, in a city and art community that has changed dramatically since the first version of the survey. Against this backdrop, Greater New York will depart from the show’s primary focus on youth, instead examining key points of connection and intersection between emerging and more established artists across New York, while also exploring aspects of earlier histories of the city itself, and its changing political, social, and architectural fabric.
The 2015 exhibition is co-organized by a team, led by Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, MoMA PS1, that includes art historian Douglas Crimp, University of Rochester; Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA; and Mia Locks, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.
Sunday, October 18th 2015
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows / +17185929700 / queensmuseum.org Wed - Sun 12pm to 6pm
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The exhibition will be the first US survey of the art of China-born, Queens-based artist Zhang Hongtu. Zhang Hongtu left China in 1982 to find greater artistic freedom and is perhaps best known for his “Mao” series, a group of works responding to the ubiquitous images of Mao Ze Dong. Zhang studied traditional Chinese painting both in Beijing and in New York, as well as Western Art history and Popular Art after arriving in New York, and skillfully adapted and transformed them to fit the ideas he was expressing in his work. These multi-cultural influences combined to yield the wide-ranging output of this unique artist. Spanning the late 1950s to the present, the exhibition will unite more than fifty pieces, including pieces from the following major series and periods:
Zhang’s mainland China sketches,small portraits and landscape paintings
The early New York series, such as Soy Sauce Calligraphy and Self Portrait reliefs
The Mao series
Remade Landscapes, based upon a synthesis of ancient Chinese works of art and famed masterpieces in the Western painting tradition
Brush ink portrayals of Zen Masters in the style of Van Gogh self-portraits
The ongoing Shan Shui Today series, concerned with the urban environment
Also displayed will be never-before-seen drawings, and pieces such as Studs 9×9 x2, The Big Red Door, and Big Cube. The accompanying publication, co-edited by Dr. Jerome Silbergeld and Luchia Meihua Lee will include contributions from 12 experts in Asian art who will put Zhang’s work into the context of his family background, the culture and society in which he grew up, and his pursuit of freedom and a new life in New York. They will also examine the impact of Western art and the psychological effect of Mao’s phantom on Zhang. We encourage readers to consider these hybrid art worlds as places for cultural, psychological, and socio-political exploration and transformation.
Image: Last Banquet, 1989, acrylic on canvas, laser prints, and pages from the Red Book. Collection of The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
The exhibition is guest curated by Luchia Meihua Lee.