Nikki S. Lee
Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection. Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of Houston collectors Robert, Jereann, and Holland Chaney, the exhibition focuses on artists who emerged after the political and economic upheavals of the late 1980s and early 1990s. An international phenomenon, Asian art has redefined the parameters of today's contemporary art scene.
Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection
The exhibition, installed in the museum´s Brown Foundation Galleries in the Audrey Jones Beck Building, also spills into public spaces around the museum campus, including the lower level of the Beck Building and the Caroline Wiess Law Building where two outstanding artworks flank the entrance to the building.
Red Hot - Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection offers Texas its first survey of the major currents coming out of the new art centers in Japan, China, South Korea, and Vietnam, as well as responses from the United States and Europe. Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of Houston collectors Robert, Jereann, and Holland Chaney, the exhibition focuses on artists who emerged after the political and economic upheavals of the late 1980s and early 1990s. An international phenomenon, literally "Red Hot" in its energy and rapid development, Asian art has redefined the parameters of today´s contemporary art scene.
Red Hot opens with examples of new sculpture from China, including works by Chen Wenling, the Luo Brothers, and Sui Jianguo. This segment of the installation is complemented by a selection of other Chinese artists who have embraced Pop aesthetics, including Feng Zhengjie, Wang Guangyi, and Zhao Bo. Japanese Pop is introduced by Takashi Murakami´s Tongari-kun (Mr. Pointy) Costume, along with examples by Chiho Aoshima, Chinatsu Ban, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yumi Karasumaru among others. Various strategies in portraiture are represented in the work of Yang Shaobin, Yue Minjun, Fang Lijun, and Zhang Huan, while the new urban landscape is the chief theme of such artists as Miao Xiaochun, Weng Fen, and Zhang Dali. Additionally, major installations by Korea´s Do-Ho Suh dominate two galleries, and works by such artists as Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Dinh Q. L� address the darker chapters of recent history. Asian American artists represented include Glenn Kaino, Nikki S. Lee, and Jean Shin.
Red Hot introduces a new series of exhibitions and permanent collection installations that the MFAH is devoting to Asian art.
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