Michael Cherney: The Sun Is Not So Central - Caochangdi Photospring 2011 · Arles in Beijing

2011-04-29 19:00 - 21:00

Michael Cherney: The Sun Is Not So Central - Caochangdi Photospring 2011 · Arles in Beijing

When: April 29, 2011 7:00p.m-9:00p.m.
Where: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre(Exhibition Hall 1)

The Sun Is Not So Central



7:00p.m-8:00p.m. Chinese
8:00p.m-9:00p.m. English

Michael Cherney's photography can be found in the collections of esteemed art institutions around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Research Institute and the Princeton University Art Museum among others. Revisiting talks recently given at Princeton University and the China Institute in New York, Cherney will offer insight into his artistic process and current projects. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to view his works firsthand, which are an innovative melding of modern photography with subject matter and materials traditionally associated with classical Chinese painting. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


One would be hard-pressed to find a "more Chinese" artist than Qiu Mai (b. 1969). Photographer, calligrapher, and book artist, Qiu Mai's work is done with the great sophistication that draws on the subtleties of China's most scholarly and esoteric traditions. Based in Beijing and a successful artist whose works have been collected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Asian Art (the first photographic works ever to enter the collection of that department), Qiu Mai's art is less provocative than it is intellectually engaging, meditative, and often simply beautiful. What is provocative is his identity: Qiu Mai is the studio name for Michael Cherney, born in New York of Jewish parentage. Cherney's work is the cutting-edge demonstration of artistic globalization: if Asian artists can so readily "come West," then what is to prevent large numbers of future Western artists from "going Asian"? Or, like Qiu Mai/Michael Cherney, going both ways at once, both American and Chinese, modern and traditional.

-Jerome Silbergeld, P. Y. and Kinmay W.(Tang Professor of Chinese Art History, Princeton University)


Tel: 010-64322663
Add: No. 155 A Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing


*Information provided by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre


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