Along with kicking off the big fall season for the art world, this week also marks Asian Art Week (September 14-17). Christie's at 20 Rockefeller Plaza has a number of Asian art lots currently on view, but the special exhibition Trans-Realism featuring contemporary art from China is a real stand-out. A collaboration with The Center of International Cultural Exchange (CICE) which is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, Trans-Realism is a "comprehensive exhibition featuring 29 paintings, prints and drawings by 17 prominent Chinese contemporary artists," (from Christies.com). Organized by a team of notable curators from China, the exhibit demonstrates Christie's continued commitment to bring Chinese art to a wider audience.
The primarily painted works in Trans-Realism are very diverse in terms of style—ranging from emotional portraits by Xin Dongwang; moody landscapes by Yang Yongsheng and Xu Jiang; arresting abstracts by Xue Song and Wang Guangle; mysterious, haunting narratives by Qiu Xiaofei and Wei Jia; as well as a few pieces by Song Kun and Yu Hong that subtly comment on the current state of the artists' homeland. Several of the works on view give no hints or clues regarding the artists' cultural background or nationality. Trans-Realism is a fantastic group show and a great introduction to a group of very talented artists whom we'll hopefully be seeing more from soon. Learn more at christies.com. From September 9-26th.