There is a new exhibition Tears of a Tree at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai! Featuring Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford in his first museum exhibition in Asia, the exhibition is dominated by three mural-like works, which were inspired by his visits in Shanghai. Having come across old maps at a local market, the artist was interested in the mapping and remapping of the city over many decades, including the period of international zones when Shanghai was carved up into concessions and when the street names were changed during the Japanese occupation.
The artist has garnered critical attention for his dynamic abstract paintings that employ unconventional processes including collage and décollage techniques. Situated in the 1932 International Settlement-era architecture, the works carry a powerful resonance, creating a physical and symbolic connection to the city’s rich and complex history, and the disparate cultures and influences that mark the landscape today.
If you ever find yourself in Shanghai, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to experience some truly unique contemporary art! Tears of a Tree will be on exhibit until May 3!