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Crow Collection Of Asian Art Presents ‘Seizing The New World’

Dallas, Texas museum’s first 2010 exhibition features recent paintings by Yang Jin Long

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Running now through April 18, 2010, internationally renowned artist Yang Jin Long is making his American museum debut with an exhibition entitled ‘Seizing the New World, Recent Paintings by Yang Jin Long,' at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas.

A child of China's 1960s Cultural Revolution, Yang Jin Long's contemporary paintings reflect his experiences since moving to the United States from China in 2006. In his most recent works, Yang has explored his new surroundings by creating vibrant, provocative and imaginative paintings.

Yang Jin Long grew up in a society that stifled creativity and forced its intellectuals and artists to be "re-educated" to serve as laborers in the fields and factories. Now he filters the traditions of his homeland through a Western pop sensibility, often pairing hypermodern and fabled human figures with the remains of pop culture iconography in surreal situations that defy immediate logic.

The exhibition includes eight pairs of large canvas paintings, one series depicting the Four Seasons and a second series that is a colorful exploration of futuristic figures, bright hues and celebration of good wishes and fortune. To commemorate the 2010 Year of the Tiger, a set of smaller paintings of the Chinese Zodiac also is included in the exhibition.

"Yang's work mirrors our lives: a complicated blend of cultures, traditions and creative technologies," said Amy Hofland, Director of the Crow Collection. "His composition is intense, but full of messages - Yang is a teacher on canvas."

Yang studied traditional Chinese painting in his native city of Zhenjiang in the early 1970s and was in the military when he began to learn about Western painting. Influenced by the formal structure in Chinese watercolors and calligraphy early in his academic career, his extensive training in traditional Chinese painting gives him great poetic depth in his approach to oil painting. Yang strived to develop a concept of working that would allow him to explore relationships between the living and the constructed.

The ‘Seizing the New World' exhibition highlights Yang's acute ability to transform his new medium to a marvelous visual feast, which brings together references to Western and Chinese art masterpieces, music, literature, science and culture. It is Yang's technical and imaginative skills that allow for his pictorial unions to succeed and speak to a broad audience on a universal and spiritual level.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is open Tuesdays - Thursdays (10 a.m. - 9 p.m.), Fridays - Sundays (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and closed on Mondays.

For more information, go to
www.crowcollection.org or call (214) 979-6430.

The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for both quiet reflection and learning, which spans from the ancient to the contemporary.

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