Lianghong Feng Exhibition to Open Independent Art Projects in North Adams, Mass., 6/26
CYNTHIA-REEVES has announced the opening of Independent Art Projects, a 2,500 square foot, multi-purpose project space in North Adams, Massachusetts. Newly renovated, the space is part of the art complex at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA) and its economic and commercial development program. Under the collaborative title of Independent Art Projects, this inaugural exhibition space is spearheaded by the contemporary art dealers, Cynthia Reeves and Leslie Ferrin, and is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, in the historic 19th century mill facing MASS MoCA. With over 100 feet in length of open exhibition space, the gallery has the solid feel that marks all of the museum's 19th-century mill buildings, featuring exposed timbers, high ceilings, large windows and rustic brick.Independent Art Projects contribute to the overall expansion and innovative programming at the museum around contemporary art, site-based installations, performance, and world-class cultural events.
Cynthia Reeves, the gallery's director, notes: "We couldn't be more pleased with this fit. MASS MoCA is a dynamic institution with the warmest and most collaborative team, all working together to make their campus an epicenter for contemporary art in New England. Leslie Ferrin and I are delighted to be part of this dialog around contemporary art, each of us bringing our distinctive, international program to this wonderful site."
Reeves continued to say that the gallery had been looking for opportunities to amplify its program around two-dimensional work, and more specifically around painting, photography, video and works on paper. "The MASS MoCA location affords a signature platform for these artists, and is a fitting complement to the gallery's public art forum around sculpture and site-based installations that already include projects in New York, Newport Beach, Seattle, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston and Macau."
CYNTHIA-REEVES will open Independent Art Projects on Thursday, June 26, with a solo exhibition of mural sized paintings by Beijing-based artist, Lianghong Feng. Feng's dual influences of East and West merge seamlessly in abstract canvases punctuated by calligraphic markings, paint drips and textural changes on the surface.
Feng's work was recently the subject of a major mid-career retrospective at the Inside Out Museum, Beijing, where it assumed three floors of exhibition space, and notes the largest showing of Feng's work to date. "Composition 13-3", a dynamically expressive canvas in striking punches of high color debuted at the museum, and will serve as a curatorial focal point in the upcoming Independent Art Projects exhibition. The event also marks the artist's third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Feng's other prominent museum highlights include the exhibitions; New Chinese Abstract Art, The Phoneix Art Museum, Wuxi (2013); Embedded Creation, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2012); It Is Not the Eternal Tao, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing (2011); and From New York to Beijing, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2008).
Independent Art Projects will be open seven days a week in July, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; please note that the hours may be adjusted in August. For information on the site, hours, and local events, please contact the offices of Independent Art Projects at 347 243 5094. For information on the upcoming exhibitions and featured artists, please contact the gallery's main office at 212 714 0044, or visit cynthia-reeves.com.
Artwork: Composition 11-67, oil on canvas, 75 x 118 inches, 2011