MOCATALKS: The Art of Straddling Boundaries with Artist Zhang Hongtu

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Zhang Hongtu’s paintings blur the boundaries between East and West, tradition and modernity.

In conjunction with MOCA’s latest exhibition, Oil & Water: Reinterpreting Ink, this MOCATALKS features a gallery tour and talk led by contemporary ink artist. Zhang Hongtu, who will elaborate on the hybrid aesthetics, methods, and influences that allow him to express his ever-evolving attitudes towards art, politics, and society.

About the Artist


Zhang Hongtu was born into a Muslim family in Gansu, China in 1943. Zhang graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in Beijing1969. In 1981, he traveled to Mogao Caves in Dunhuang to study Buddhist mural painting. He has lived in the U.S. since 1982. From the mid 1980s to the mid 90s, Zhang created paintings, sculptures and mixed media installations utilizing Mao’s image to express his ideas about Communist China and the Culture Revolution. In the last decade, Zhang‘s works have come to question complex relationships between the traditions of old China and the West today. His most recent works focus on the relationship between nature and the human condition. Zhang has exhibited extensively, including shows at the Havana Biennial, PS1 Museum in New York, the New Museum in New York, the Guangzhou Triennial, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona.