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Revisiting a Legacy:
Paintings by Five Contemporary Chinese Artists

March 19 – April 16, 2013

Revisiting a Legacy: Paintings by Five Contemporary Chinese Artists exhibit

Sun Xiuting
Night Banquet of Han Xizai

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 6-8 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.


Opening Reception:
Monday, March 18 from 6 to 8 P.M.

The Sidney Mishkin Gallery is located at:
Baruch College
135 East 22nd Street
New York City

Gallery hours are:
Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 12 noon – 7 p.m.
All exhibitions at the gallery are free and open to the public.

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