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Greene Naftali

Passage to Dynasty

  • Gang Zhao

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Current Exhibitions at Greene Naftali


Heterotopia II

  • Peter Halley,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Konrad Lueg [Extended]

  • Konrad Lueg,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Bather’s Dilemma

  • Paul Chan,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sign Language

  • William Leavitt,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As It Lays 2

  • Alex Israel,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bait Paintings

  • Richard Hawkins,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Passage to Dynasty

  • Gang Zhao
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ileden

  • Sophie von Hellermann,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Swingers

  • Chantal Akerman,
  • Marie Angeletti,
  • Lutz Bacher,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Josephine Pryde,
  • Heji Shin,
  • Akram Zaatari,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michael Krebber

  • Michael Krebber,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor

  • Trisha Baga,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting: Now and Forever, Part III

  • Magnus Andersen,
  • Monika Baer,
  • Robert Bechtle,
  • Nayland Blake,
  • Julien Ceccaldi,
  • Vija Celmins,
  • Xinyi Cheng,
  • Leidy Churchman,
  • Whitney Claflin,
  • Ed Clark,
  • Robert Colescott,
  • Matt Connors,
  • Allan D’Arcangelo,
  • Noah Davis,
  • Lois Dodd,
  • Lukas Duwenhögger,
  • Nicole Eisenman,
  • Janiva Ellis,
  • Jana Euler,
  • Genoveva Filipovic,
  • Sam Gilliam,
  • Tony Greene,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Luchita Hurtado,
  • Alex Israel,
  • Jasper Johns,
  • Matsumi Kanemitsu,
  • Bhupen Khakhar,
  • Mathieu Malouf,
  • Helen Marten,
  • Lucy McKenzie,
  • Rodney McMillian,
  • Jill Mulleady,
  • Jeanette Mundt,
  • Howardena Pindell,
  • Suellen Rocca,
  • Eiichi Shibata,
  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Avery Singer,
  • Sylvia Sleigh,
  • Anne Speier,
  • Linda Stark,
  • Hervé Télémaque,
  • Karl Wirsum,
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,
  • Gang Zhao
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New Look at TV and a Funhouse

  • Dan Graham,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On Non-Visibility

  • Tony Cokes,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The King And The Corpse

  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tears and New Tears

  • Josef Strau,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Walking Point

  • Mary Ann Aitken,
  • Wally Hedrick,
  • Craig Kalpakjian,
  • Paul Chan,
  • Tetsumi Kudo,
  • Tony Conrad,
  • Lee Lozano,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Pope.L,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Andrew Ross,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Martin Wong,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hotel Suicide

  • Richard Hawkins,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradiso: A New Play by Richard Maxwell

  • Richard Maxwell,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacqueline Humphries

  • Jacqueline Humphries,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Peter Halley

  • Peter Halley,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prasine

  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dock Lands

  • Hilary Lloyd,
  • Opens: May. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York Golem

  • Gelatin,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 15 - Apr 19, 2019


Where

Greene Naftali

  • 508 West 26th Street, Ground Floor, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.463.7770

About

Gang Zhao’s work is shaped by a dialectic of displacement and encounter between Western painting practices and those of his native China. Currently based in Beijing and Taipei, Zhao has observed decades of political upheaval and social change both from within his native country and during a prolonged period of expatriation. After making his artistic debut as the youngest member of China’s first avant-garde collective Star Star (星星画会), Zhao left China in 1983 to pursue a formal art education in the Netherlands before moving to New York, where he would live for over two decades. Zhao’s diasporic trajectory and historical consciousness are distinctly reflected in his paintings: with a frenetic touch and irreverence that betray his iconoclasm and encounters with Western practices, his works perform and exaggerate the iconography of classical Chinese painting and Socialist Realism. For his first exhibition at Greene Naftali, Zhao presents a series of scenes of 19th and 20th century China as it underwent modernization, highlighting the anxieties of the period—the moral decay of China’s brothels; the catastrophic implications of nuclear testing—and their echoes in contemporary life. For Zhao, history painting is a radical means through which he reveals the complexities of a diasporic Chinese subjectivity.

A descendant of the Manchus, a once-nomadic minority that overtook and ruled China for centuries, Zhao approaches Chinese identity as a construction along both hereditary and biographical axes—a concept that is communicated stylistically and thematically throughout the exhibition. On view at Greene Naftali are episodic, historically intermittent scenes of public and private Chinese life during modernization and Western Imperialism. The Smoker and Ménage à Trois (all works 2017 – 2018) portray the use of opium in China, which reached epidemic levels during the Opium Wars of the early 20th century, prompted by the infiltration of the British trade. High Tea depicts the peripheral entertainment in historical Chinese brothels, another decadent siren to aristocratic men under modernization. Customers at brothels would also gamble, listen to singers and musicians, and engage in quasi-intellectual conversation with courtesans. Overseeing the exhibition are several Chinese warlords, many painted in the style of specific, Western movements: Bacon Emperor parodies the eponymous painter’s image of the screaming pope; Losers Never Get Lost and The Lord adopt the reductive style of Kazimir Malevich’s figuration. The Fruits I and II articulate the tendrils of the Buddha plant, indigenous to China. Throughout the exhibition, a dark sienna background satirizes a convention of Old Masters. Chinese in content, but arrayed in style, and unbridled in gesture, Zhao’s paintings underline the permeability of national identity, and the heterogeneity of its makeup.


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