NYC///OPENINGS///ZHANG HUAN AT PACE WILDENSTEIN…

July 17, 2008  |  art, NYC, Openings

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Like its Chinese homeland, this sleeping giant will no doubt awake to crush us all someday...

The undeniable presence of China in the NYC art scene is an influence that will only continue to grow over the next decade as America's almighty loanholder continues to export its finest imagists at a breakneck rate. Luckily—unlike the forthcoming Chinese cars—the mostly figurative artists are also some of the world's most visionary. One such notable example is the performance artist turned painter/sculptor ZHANG HUAN whose new sculpture, "Giant 3" is a colossal 15-foot-tall figure made from cowhides, steel, wood, and polystyrene foam that centers Chelsea's must-see show of the moment at the venerable PACE WILDENSTEIN GALLERY. Filling out the show which spans the gallery's two large exhibition spaces are a wide array of equally inspired smaller sculptures and paintings by the artist, the most notable of which are a series of vintage red propaganda-inspired "paintings" made up entirely of grains of ash from burned temple incense. HAVE A LOOK:

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