No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki
|When||9 Sep 2016 - 8 Jan 2017|
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, co-organized with Colby College Museum of Art, is the first-ever retrospective of the work of Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013) in the United States. The exhibition aims to reintroduce American audiences to the paintings and works on paper of this great Chinese-French artist, who has not had a museum exhibition in the United States for nearly a half-century. Considered one of the first superstar artists of the Chinese diaspora, Zao quickly took the art world by storm following his immigration to Paris in 1948. The artist’s art-historical significance lies in his singular adaption of the visual poetry of Chinese art within twentieth-century oil-painting idioms. In Zao’s hands, abstraction embraced both European modernism and Chinese metaphysical principles. No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki vividly demonstrates how Zao’s pioneering internationalist aesthetic marks him as a key figure in twentieth-century transculturalism.
Melissa Walt, Guest Curator
Ankeney Weitz, Guest Curator
Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society
Photo courtesy of the organiser/s
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