|China and HK take spotlight at NY Armory art show
New York’s leading modern and contemporary art fair, the Armory Show is devoting a special section for the first time to a curated exhibition of contemporary works from China including from Hong Kong. More than a dozen galleries have been invited.
The show takes place at two marine piers on the Hudson River until Sunday.
Shanghai-born Xu Zhen, a leading young artist figure in the post-Mao era, has been chosen as the commissioned artist this year.
Works by Yue Minjun, (Pictured) an artist of the 1990s generation, known for his grinning faces, were seen at a press preview for the exhibition, which runs until Sunday.
In 2007, his painting “Execution’’ sold for a record US$5.3 million at a Sotheby’s in London. It was a milestone for Chinese contemporary works at the time.
He is a part of the Cynical Realism movement.
Hong Kong’s Nadim Abbas is exhibiting an installation as part of the China focus.
Abbas graduated with an MPhil in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong and a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Chelsea College of Art, London
Noah Horowitz, executive director of The Armory Show, said the exhibition dubbed Armory Focus: China “ultimately aims to demonstrate that China is not just a site for great new art, but a place where current art world models are being made and remade, and where serious collecting is happening at an ever larger scale. "
Philip Tinari, director of Beijing-based The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, will curate the exhibit.
The section will include curated presentations by some 20 artists from diverse generational and regional backgrounds, ranging from the “Stars" generation of the late 1970s through the booming post-Mao generation born after 1975.—Xinhua/The Standard