New York, New York (Brooklyn Bridge), 1979. © Tseng Kwong Chi, Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
Coming soon to a very fortunate New York City, at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, to be precise, is an exhibition by Tseng Kwong Chi. Known for his self-portraits and photographs of New York's wild 70s and 80s scene, this promises to be a fabulous trip into New York's recent but so-different past.
"Combining photography with performance, personal identity with global politics, and satire with farce, Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990) created a compelling body of work whose complexity is belied by its humor and grace. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, and educated in Paris, Tseng moved to New York in 1978, where he quickly became a key documentarian of Manhattan's vibrant downtown scene. He also began crafting the performative self-portraits - "selfies" avant la lettre - that form the backbone of his artistic practice, exploring the questions of personal and political identity that preoccupied many artists of his generation. Remarkably, Tseng made virtually all the works on view here in the course of just ten years, before his untimely death from AIDS-related complications at the age of 39."
Andy Warhol, New York, c. 1986
Keith Haring, New York, 1988
Bill T. Jones, body painted by Keith Haring, London, 1983
East Meets West Manifesto, 1983
Art After Midnight, New York, 1985
New York, New York (World Trade Center), 1979. All images © Tseng Kwong Chi, Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
This exhibition will travel but for now, it's running from April 21st - July 11th, 2015, with an opening on April 20th. See you there!