In response to the recent attacks against the AAPI community, a new art exhibit has appeared at Carlton Fine Arts Ltd.’s by Chinese artist, Linjie Deng.
Since the beginning of the pandemic anti-Asian attacks have risen by 833% in NYC. This horrific and unjust violence has recently been met with a peace vigil in Union Square last month and a “Stop Asian Hate” rally this past Sunday.
This new exhibit, Asian Art SPA, was ultimately “inspired by the Asian Violence in America,” said a recent press release.
Conceptual artist, Linjie Deng, was personally attacked at a New York subway station at 86th Street. After being shoved to the ground by his attacker and referred to as “f**king yellow,” Deng is “reclaiming the Asian slur” and has created “three works that are all yellow, paying respect to the pain the Asian community has felt during this time.”
His first piece depicts a panda bear holding two guns titled I am White, Black and Asian, and two other pieces: I don’t like the way he looked at me either and 8 Deadly Shots.
Additional works by Deng will be featured in the exhibit at 543 Madison Avenue, including pieces from his Yin-Yang series that “reflect the different reactions and perspectives of Eastern and Western cultures throughout the last year,” and work from The Teeth Falling Out series.
All of the proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to Think!Chinatown, a non-profit organization working to use neighborhood engagement, storytelling & arts to “foster inter-generational community” to better shape policies, celebrate cultural heritage, and to overcome autonomy challenges faced by immigrant neighborhoods.
Deng’s work will be showcased along the likes of Chagall, Haring, and Lichtenstein.
The Asian Art SPA will be on display through May 24, 2021. Exhibition hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10am – 6-pm, Fridays 10am – 4pm, and closed Saturdays.
If visitors wish to view the exhibit outside of public hours, they can make appointments for Sunday 11am – 6-pm by calling 212-593-2800 or emailing email@example.com.
Located: 543 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
featured image source: Courtesy of Linjie Deng