March 4, 2013 | Baruch College
At the Mishkin Gallery, March 19 to April 16
NEW YORK, NY – March 4, 2013 – Baruch College presents the exhibition Revisiting a Legacy: Paintings by Five Contemporary Chinese Artists at the Mishkin Gallery from Tuesday, March 19 to April 16, 2013. An opening reception will take place on Monday, March 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In Revisiting a Legacy, the artists appropriate aspects of their cultural legacy to create their own postmodern commentary on Chinese history and traditional life. For example, Sun Xiuting re-envisions the Chinese masterpiece Night Banquet of Han Xizai by Gu Hongzhong from the 10th century by painting it in an impressionistic style. Sun embellishes his version of the banquet with additional colors and details. He transforms the more austere painting from the 10th Century into a lavish, painterly vision of the same event, and he paints it in a western style.
Zhang Hui’s paintings of the “modern girl” refer to traditional Chinese paintings of women, but Zhang drastically changes the imagery by giving the young woman a cigarette and depicting her in a cartoon-like style. Memories of traditional customs and daily life are formed into visual images by Chaolun Baatar and Guo Qingfeng, while the abstract markings of Yi Xuan recall stone carvings from the Han dynasty. All of these artists draw from their rich cultural heritage, but they also transform their references into a new vision that is distinctly their own.
J. Young Art co-organized the exhibition and produced the catalog.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 7:00 p.m. The Mishkin Gallery, located at 135 E. 22nd Street at Lexington, is free and open to the public. For questions about the gallery, call Sandra Kraskin at (646) 660-6652.
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