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MKTG Art Pairings

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From left to right: Kokoshen Li, Curator, ArtFuse Inc., Zhang Lanjun, Xu Jin, Peter Office; Artwork behind by Zhang Lanjun

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rooster, we were pleased to welcome world-reknowned artists, Xu Jin and Zhang Lanjun, two leading Chinese artists, to unveil their exhibitions at our NYC Global HQ. Last night, 150 guests toured the exhibit and were treated to a Lion Dance bringing luck to everyone in attendance.

Organized by New York – based independent curator Kokoshen Li, the exhibition features a total of 22 recent paintings. Reflecting Xu Jin’s and Zhang Lanjun’s respective life experiences, these works manifest widely different styles, ranging from realistic to semi-abstract to abstract. The two bodies of work are formally distinct but have a common feature – saturated colors and many delicate layers. The brushstrokes are heavy yet elegant, the overall images captivating. Contemplating any of the paintings, one can sense the emotional upsurge in the artist at the moment of creation. Viewing the works one after the other, one travels through diverse artistic visions of the world.

Xu Jin has a place in Chinese art history as a leader of the’ 85 New Wave, a pioneering post – Mao avant – garde movement. Xu later immigrated to New York, where he has since lived and worked for 30 years. As he says, “Half of my life is in America and the other half is in China.” Xu Jin’s style is firmly rooted in Chinese tradition, yet marked by a free, romantic vigor reflecting his decades of immersion in the Western social and artistic environment.

Zhang Lanjun, born in the 1963 in Jiangsu Province, took his initial training in copper etching. His painting style is sometimes delicate and timeless, like that of ancient Chinese painters, and sometimes wild and restless, in the manner of the contemporary action painting school. In this show, he presents nine examples from his “Metamorphosis” series and “The Book of Revelation.” In these melodious, cheerful, playful, and occasionally peculiar works viewers experience over and over again the seemingly invisible but tangible struggle between the flesh and the soul.

Take a look below to see artwork from this world-renowned pair as well as photos from the Lion Dance:

 

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Written by Paige McConney
Paige McConney

February 9th, 2017 at 10:56 am

Happy New Year…Again!?

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It’s 2014 already for the UK but that doesn’t stop London from celebrating Chinese New Year, which takes place today, January 31.  Based on the lunar and solar calendar, Chinese New Year varies but fortunately for us here in London it is TODAY.  London hosts the next biggest celebration, only to Asia and is considered to be one of the most colorful celebrations in the UK.  Each year the holiday is celebrated with an animal of the zodiac and this year ends the year of the Snake and begins the year of the Horse.  Like MKTG INC the horse is said to represent “making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.”

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The festivities begin on February 2nd with a parade throughout central London.  We all know what UK and US New Year’s celebrations are like, but this is on a whole other level.  With fireworks, acrobats, music, magic, food and much more, 2014 will surely be celebrated the only way they know how…BIG!

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Written by Carter Parrish
Carter Parrish

January 31st, 2014 at 10:36 am