Sunday, April 13, 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Dirty Car Windows

Chihung Yang

ChinaSquare New York
545 W 25th Street 8th Fl.
Chelsea Arts Tower
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.255.8886

On View from April 1, 2008 / Opening Reception on April 3, 2008, 6:00-8:00 pm
ChinaSquare is pleased to present CHIHUNG YANG : Recent Paintings, curated by Eric C. Shiner. Chihung Yang’s new abstract paintings will be on view April 1st through 26th with an opening reception on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6 to 8 pm.

Chihung Yang’s deeply complex abstractions and sweeping brushwork transports the viewer into a universe ruled by the Chinese tradition of the ephemeral “floating clouds and flowing waters.” In standing before Yang’s work, it seems as if the universe has come to a standstill, that his clouds and rivulets of paint have been frozen in time. Yet, his balanced compositions hint at the grandeur of nature, or perhaps chaos unleashed and then reigned in. Mixing subtle monochromatic hues with bright bursts of paint, the fleeting appearance of color results in a feeling of life breaking through soil, or rays peeking through clouds. Organic structures emerge from the otherwise abstract nature of Yang’s painting in the form of buds, roots and veins. As abstract painting, Yang’s oeuvre stands its own in comparison with the great names of the tradition, whether Western or Chinese.

Chihung Yang, a graduate of the National Taiwan College of Art in Taipei, has been extensively exhibited throughout the world. Yang was awarded a year’s residency at The Clocktower in New York City by The Institute for Art and Urban Resources in 1985 and has since been living and working in New York City. Yang’s work is included in significant museum, corporate, and private art collections in Western Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Eric C. Shiner is an independent curator and art historian specializing in Asian contemporary art. An assistant curator of the Yokohama Triennial in 2001, Shiner is an active writer and translator, a contributing editor for Art Asia Pacific magazine, and adjunct professor of Asian art history at Pace University in New York City.

The Sea Inside

Song of Spring

Odyssey of Darkness

Liu Fenghua - Decorated Warriors

China Previews Gallery
511 West 25th St.
RM #809
New York, NY 10001
April 3rd - April 26th
April 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Since the terracotta warriors were discovered in 1974 by farmers digging for a well in Xian, this lifesized and lifelike army has become an icon of China's past, instantly recognizable all over the world. The terracotta warriors were the 8,000 strong underground army buried in Emperor Qin Shi Huang Ti's tomb (221 - 207 BC), to protect him in his afterlife.

Li Feng Hua's sculptures is a wry, witty look at his country's history and future post-Cultural Revolution direction. Two thousand years separate China's first emperor and Mao. But Li's modern ceramic warriors can be seen as an artistic statement of the morally complicated legacy of these two leaders - both great revolutionary leaders and yet, both great criminals, who have left a lasting legacy on China.

Liu Fenghua graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, China with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts

My favorite warrior - Marilyn Manroe warrior

h: 60 x w: 18 cm / h: 23.6 x w: 7.1 in
Price : $11,000

Wednesday, April 02, 2008