Monday, October 19, 2015

Zhang Hongtu's Mao and other cultural inspirations at Queens Museum

By Randy Kennedy
“A Complete Set of Chinese Zodiac Figures In Tang Dynasty Three Colors Glaze Ceramic Style” (2002), by Zhang Hongtu. Credit Zhang Hongtu, via Queens Museum
NEW YORK---Zhang Hongtu, who left his native China for New York in 1982 seeking more creative freedom, could never be accused of dull-wittedness, especially when it comes to iconography of the Chairman. Mr. Zhang’s career of almost half a century, which plays subtly and at times deviously with Chinese traditions and East versus West stereotypes, is the subject of a first-ever American survey at the Queens Museum, through Feb. 28. [link]

Queens Museum: "Zhang Hingtu" (Ends February 28, 2016); New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY; (718) 592-9700;
Zhang Hongtu, “Quaker Oats Mao” (1987). Credit Zhang Hongtu, via Queens Museum