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In Search of China’s Soul: Sun Xun on the Intersection of Memory, Politics, History, and Art

May 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Image credit: Museum of Contemporary Art; Art Basel Hong Kong

Renowned artist Sun Xun in conversation with contemporary art expert, Barbara Pollack

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:30 PM
Speaker: Sun Xun, Barbara Pollack
Members: Free; Non-Members: $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join us for a discussion of today’s art scene with Sun Xun, one of China’s most talented rising young artists. Sun Xun’s practice combines meticulous craftsmanship with stylistic experimentation not limited to any one medium. Sun Xun was born in Fuxin, an industrial mining town in northeast China, and grew up in the period immediately following the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The lingering aftereffects of this movement continue to have a profound impact on his work, which often explores the themes of global history, culture, memory and politics. Sun Xun will discuss these ideas in the context of his work with Barbara Pollack, of the world’s leading authorities on Chinese art in this one of a kind event.

Sun Xun

Sun Xun is a contemporary Chinese artist known for his animated videos made using multi-media techniques. Sun’s work probes issues dealing with culture, memory, politics, and his skepticism of official history. His monochromatic ink drawings of animals and insects, are used in his films that propose alternate histories. Born in 1980 in Fuxin, China, the artist studied printmaking at the China Academy of Art in Hangzou. In 2006, he founded Pi Animation, where he and a handful of employees use high powered computer to create his films. The artist has been included in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai. Sun lives and works in Beijing, China.

Barbara Pollack

Barbara Pollack is an award-winning journalist, art critic, and curator who is one of the world’s leading authorities on contemporary Chinese art. Pollack’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Departures, Artnews, Art and Auction and Art in America, among many others. She has also written several ground-breaking monographs on young Chinese artists, including the first published artist profile of Ai Weiwei for Artnews in 2005. She lectures regularly across the USA and Asia, and was the key note speaker at 2018’s Art Basel Hong Kong. Her latest book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise, was released in September, 2018


May 14, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Downtown Office
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States

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