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Art Break: Cultural Contrasts Explored In ‘Uncharted Waters’ at Boers-Li Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 4, 2017

Art Break is spending this week exploring how artists work with and against boundaries. In particular, we are looking at our uptown pick of Boers-Li Gallery’s current show. The Chinese artists represented here have worked in New York and much of their art reflects on the contrasts they faced between their home culture and the United States. The personal, political and professional boundaries of each artist are explored in a way that will inspire new thinking in every visitor. As always, all our gallery listings are free to the public.

As a bonus tip, we recommend visiting the current exhibition at The Guggenheim, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Late afternoon on Saturdays, patrons have the option to pay what they wish for admission to this groundbreaking show.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Perrotin, 130 Orchard Street

When: Now through December 23, Wed – Sun: 10-6

Who: Fahrad Moshiri: Snow Forest

What: Photographs of nature, translated into hand embroidered beading on canvas

Why: The images become more beautiful in a new medium

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Albertz Benda, 515 West 26th Street

When: Now through January 13, 2018, Tue – Sat: 10-6

Who: John Mason: Sculpture

What: Large abstract and geometric forms influenced by a variety of sources

Why: This ceramicist has pushed the physical boundaries of clay like no one else

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and 27th Street

When: Now through January 6, 2018, Tue – Fri: 12-8, Sat: 10-5

Who: Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

What: Collection of clothes inspired by the physical limits of earth and space

Why: Examine the evolution of fashion from merely decorative to both beautiful and functional

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Boers-Li Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, 4th Floor

When: Now through December 23, Tue – Sun 11-6

Who: Uncharted Waters: Fang Lu, Lin Yilin, Ma Kelu, Miao Ying, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Peili, Zhang Wei, Zhao Gang

What: Group show of established and emerging artists from China

Why: This exhibit will give you an idea of what to expect from the blockbuster show up the street at the Guggenheim

BONUS TIP: Visit the Guggenheim (Fifth Avenue and 89th Street) on Saturdays between 5:45 – 7:45 pm and pay what you wish to see Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World



Cover: Miao Ying: ‘Civilized Internet, Internet Civilization;’ folding screen, variable dimension (2014-2015); courtesy Boers-Li Gallery, New York.


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