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Xu Weixin, Portraits of Emptiness: Xu Weixin’s Narrative of Post-Maoist China

ChinaSquare New York
545 West 25th Street, 8th floor, 212-255-8886
November 6 - November 29, 2008
Reception: Thursday, November 6, 6 - 10 PM
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Curated by Robert C. Morgan

Please join ChinaSquare Gallery and Xu Weixin in celebrating the artist’s American debut at an opening reception on November 6th from 6-10 pm.

Xu Weixin’s examination of the Cultural Revolution is a milestone in Chinese art. Xu’s monumental portraits force the viewer to challenge the conventional wisdom of forgetting the Cultural Revolution, ultimately making one acknowledge, confront, and reflect on such events. The much acclaimed series, Chinese Historical Figures, 1966-1976, rendered in black and white, portrays the revolution’s chaos both openly and honestly, contrasting the bright glowing faces of propaganda art. Also displayed in Portraits of Emptiness is work from Xu’s Chronicle of Chinese Mining series which reveals and ponders humanitarian concerns. Xu sheds light on those who are overlooked, focusing on the everyday individuals, giving a voice to those who are otherwise lost to the collective mass.

Xu Weixin, arguably the leading realist painter in China, was born in Urumuqi in 1958. A graduate of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts and the Zhejiang Academy of Art, he is now a professor at the Xu Beihong School of Arts at Renmin University. He has been featured in numerous museum shows including the Shanghai Art Museum, Beijing’s Today Art Museum and the National Art Museum of China.
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