Shen Wei – In Black, White and Gray Exhibition Opens During Art Basel


Several works by the Chinese-born artist Shen Wei — he was the lead choreographer of the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics — will be on view at downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower. The exhibition, “In Black, White and Gray,” includes paintings and site-specific performances and is the artist’s first U.S. museum show. The performances are on December 5, 6 and 7 and they are FREE, but you need to reserve a spot HERE.

Unveiling 11 new paintings, this body of work is a study of contrasts:  light and dark, turbulent and tranquil.  They explore the nuances of a grisaille palette with shapes and forms powered by a dynamism and force suggestive of sublime landscapes, yet they recede into abstraction and the materiality of paint.  In these canvases, Shen Wei’s lifelong study of Chinese ink painting converges with his deep interest in Western oil painting, and is in dialogue with his choreography for this series.


Shen Wei, a choreographer, director, dancer, painter, and designer, is internationally renowned for the breadth and scope of his artistic vision. He is perhaps best recognized as the lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which earned acclaim worldwide. The Washington Times has called Shen Wei, “One of the great artists of our time,” and The New York Times proclaimed, “If there is something to write home about in the dance world, it is the startlingly imaginative work of the Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei.”

 His talent has earned him a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Australia’s Helpmann Award and the U.S. Artists Fellow Award.  Last year, Shen Wei was honored as Artist of the Year by Audi-China and GQ-China, and Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal -China. Recently, his work as a visual artist and choreographer has entered into a new dialogue in a series of performative installations and site-specific works, which have been presented at a number of museums and galleries, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C,  Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Rockbound Museum of Art in Shanghai, China,  the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA, and the Kennedy Center Atrium in Washington, DC.


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