Massively influential Chinese artist Zao Wou Ki died in Switzerland earlier this month at the age of 92, though we just found out about his passing now. Born and raised in China, Zao later studied and launched his career in Paris and became one of the important voices in establishing Europe’s avant-garde. He was also the biggest-selling living Chinese artist, and in recent years one of the biggest-selling artists in the world, as the New York Times obituary points out:
Mr. Zao’s paintings, which are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern, among others, have sold at auction in recent years for between $1 million and $2 million each. Since 2011, when sales of his paintings totaled $90 million, art journals and art dealers have frequently referred to him as the top-selling living Chinese artist.
Below is the Getty photo the New York Times photo published with the obituary. (Thanks, Ryan, for the tip!)
A pic of the the High Line elevated railroad tracks where it disappears into the Hudson Rail Yards (a.k.a., the West Side Rail Yards, the Hudson Yards) in the no-mans’s land border area next to the Hudson River between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea in New York City. The area is about to undergo a massive urban re-development on a scale rarely seen. The area has been branded the “Hudson Yards” (sans “Rail”) and here you can see the classic MTA logo and an elegant gray wall surrounding the area. This section of dis-used elevated railroad will be developed as an extension of the High Line Park.
Brooklyn-based street artist Bast seems like he’s on a frackin’ rampage with his broad-stroked black tag throwing shade on commercial and commisioned work downtown. Check out this massive tag we stumbled upon Saturday on Grand Street in SoHo, New York City. We’ve been seeing more of these loud, ridiculous tags by Bast in recent weeks instead of his otherwise awesome and inspired wheat-pasted collage artworks. Though the heart is a nice touch. 🙂
A couple of photos of the crowd and sidewalk performance in front of the White Box Gallery on Broome Street in the Lower East Side, New York City. The performance was part of the current “Rutgers in New York” 2013 MFA Exhibition, which opened a week earlier.
We’ve been seeing a resurgence the past couple of weeks of fresh street art work from the artist Dain in SoHo, in downtown New York City. This new series of wheat-pastes are smaller in dimensions than the pieces pasted up in recent years and are slightly more complex collages than the previous work. We can really see Dain’s work evolving and growing, though we like the larger scale of the older series.