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Michael Chow: Voice for my Father
BEIJING • The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art • 23 January - 22 March 2015
This tripartite exhibition features Chow’s colossal canvases alongside archival images of his father Zhou Xinfang and an illustrious collection of commissioned portraits from art world celebrities Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and more. His father transformed Beijing opera, his MR CHOW restaurants reinvented Chinese cuisine for the chic set, and now impresario-turned-artist Michael Chow (b. 1939, Shanghai) is mounting his first exhibition of paintings in Mainland China.
The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art presents “Michael Chow: Voice for my Father,” showcasing a man whose multiple talents and long history of cross-cultural creative practice have inspired the art world for generations. Coinciding with the 120th birthday of his father Zhou Xinfang, a seminal figure in modern Beijing opera, the exhibition consists of three components: twelve of Chow’s explosive works of gestural abstraction, an extensive selection of archival photos from Zhou Xinfang’s performances, and eleven commissioned portraits of Michael Chow from the artist’s collection.
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