Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Zhang Hongtu’s art studio in Queens, NYC

By Dan Shaw
“Last Banquet” (1989) by Zhang Hongtu
NEW YORK---Like many artists, Zhang Hongtu considers his studio his home away from home. And conveniently, it’s just a few steps from his narrow detached brick house in Woodside, Queens — out the back door and through a small courtyard — to work every day. “We bought this house because of the studio,” he said of the 1,875-square-foot building that takes up most of the backyard. This is where Mr. Zhang, 72, made many of the 96 works in the first American survey of his career, which opened last month at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and runs through Feb. 28, 2016. [link]
Over his desk was a print of “Last Banquet,” Mr. Zhang’s sendup of “The Last Supper,” which substitutes 13 Maos for Jesus and his apostles; another print of the work is on view in Queens.
Queens Museum: "Zhang Hongtu" (Ends February 28, 2015); New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY; (718) 592-9700; queensmuseum.org