San Antonio Museum of Art presents 28 Chinese
The result of more than six research trips and over one hundred studio visits, 28 Chinese - organized by the Rubell Collection in Miami - presents artwork from 28 contemporary Chinese artists spread throughout six of the Museum’s galleries.
Comprised of works that engage with issues of time, process, materiality, and history, 28 Chinese offers only a sample of the dynamic contemporary art scene in China, the impressive roster boasts new talents and several of China’s best-known artists including Ai Weiwei.
Works on view range from paintings and photographs to sculptures and video including the immersive sculpture by Zhu Jinshi, Boat. Guests are able to walk through the 49-foot piece made of more than 8,500 sheets of calligraphy paper strung on bamboo rods and suspended from the ceiling with cotton thread. Many of the artworks deal with social, political, and historical issues that can be connected to China, but are also universal concerns. Others engage the viewer through landscape, portraiture, and abstraction.
28 Chinese is an exploration of the variety of material being used today from wood, oil and acrylic paints, and bronze to taxidermy animals, tea, Coca-Cola and worn clothing. It is the first exhibition in Texas for many of these artists, all born between 1954 and 1987.