Exhibition Review Roundup – Cao Fei, Liu Bolin, Ai Weiwei, The Art of the Chinese Album


Our weekly event post and ongoing exhibition calendar don’t provide much information about current art exhibitions other than the gallery and the closing date, and it’s been a while since we last did a round-up of reviews.  So, here are a few reviews we found that might get you interested in what’s being shown around town.

If anybody knows of additional reviews or is interested in contributing exhibition reviews to Beyond Chinatown, please send us an email.

Cao Fei: La Town

Through October 25, 2014
Lombard Freid Gallery
518 W. 19th Street

The Current Season says Cao “highlights both the mundanity and vice of contemporary society through the creation of an obviously fake, alternate world modeled on our own” and “acknowledges the unreality of La Town, while affirming its credibility as a stand in for reality”.

The artist herself talks more about the fantasy, post-apocalyptic world of the film with Charles Schultz in this interview in Brooklyn Rail.

Liu Bolin: A Colorful World?

Through November 1, 2014
Klein Sun Gallery
525 W. 22nd Street

Reviews by an art teacher in China and The Worleygig (who has original photos) examine the social and cultural commentary by this camouflage artist.

Liu talks about his background with NBC News, and he shares his process and future projects with The Plus.  

Chemistry World shares contemporary Chinese art with those in the science world.

Ai Weiwei at Chambers Fine Art and Francis Naumann Fine Art

Through November 1, 2014
Chambers Fine Art
522 W. 19th Street

Francis Naumann Fine Art
24 W 57th St #305

Daniel Gausse of Arte Fuse talks about the works at the concurrent exhibitions (newer works at Chambers and earlier, conceptually related works at Naumann) and suggests that Ai Weiwei’s works should challenge American artists to be more activist towards situations here.

The Art of the Chinese Album

Through March 29, 2015
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hyperallergic introduces the exhibition with some details about specific featured works and artists.

Image: Xuezhuang Scenery of the Yellow Mountains from the Metropolitan Museum of Art