Articles / March 1, 2017


Contemporary Art Exhibition Series
The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center
1050 2nd Ave, New York
Opening, Saturday, March 11, 2017 4pm -7pm

MAAC on the Map is a movement to give emerging and established contemporary artists a platform to exhibit their work in the heart of Midtown, in one of the nation’s largest fine art and historical design centers. MAAC on the Map is a new destination for innovation, a creative hotspot where experience meets a new breed of artistic disruptor. Where mentors guide the next generation of art contributors and connoisseurs in a space dedicated to artistic excellence.

MAAC on the Map is a movement to give emerging and established contemporary artists a platform to exhibit their work in the heart of Midtown, in one of the nation’s largest fine art and historical design centers. MAAC on the Map is a new destination for innovation, a creative hotspot where experience meets a new breed of artistic disruptor. Where mentors guide the next generation of art contributors and connoisseurs in a space dedicated to artistic excellence.

MAAC on the Map is an opportunity to connect participating artists with the larger artistic community in New York City within a specific calendar month. We have curated an exhilarating exhibition featuring female contemporary Asian artists – O Zhang, Gao Yuan, Xin Song, Dasha Shkurpela, Shiva Jlayer, Zahra Nazari, Lulu Dong and Ping Zheng. The selection of these talented women was inspired by two defining artistic movements happening in New York in the month of March. The first is Asia Week which is a ten-day celebration of Asian art throughout the metropolitan area (March 9-18). The second inspiring influence is the The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NWMA) social media campaign, “Can you name five women artists?” using the hashtag #5womenartists happening in March for women’s history month. We wanted to connect our contemporary artists to the larger artistic landscape and find points of synergy between their work and the social context of Manhattan’s art diary.

The opening of the exhibition and reception will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 between 4pm -7pm. The exhibition will be open for earlier viewing by the press from Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by appointment. (Contact: Michaela Boruta).

MAAC on the Map is a yearlong initiative featuring four contemporary art series in 2017. It is a drive to bring a stronger contemporary art presence into the surrounding neighborhood. The program also includes a lecture series by prominent arts funders, critics, academics, visionaries and creators. A smaller program of “mini-talks” hosted in some of the 50 galleries in The Manhattan Arts & Antique Center are intimate, specialized sessions that speak to both the public and the art connoisseur. Podcasts of these talks will be available on the website after the event.

Opening reception: March 11, 4pm -7pm
Exhibition runs from March 10 – 31, 2017
MAAC on the Map gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:30am – 6pm and Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Private viewings for Press: March 8-10 between 10:30am – 6pm

The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center

The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center in Midtown Manhattan is the nation’s largest with over 50 galleries representing America’s top dealers in every category of arts and antiques. The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center is a veritable treasure trove of all that is beautiful, fascinating and unique for sale. Boasting three floors of historical design, fine art, decoration, silver, jewelry, European, Asian African art, and antiquities–this is a “must visit” for art lovers, collectors, interior decorators, or those just looking to be visually inspired. Whether you want to buy or sell, we welcome you to visit us 7 days a week.

For more information about MAAC:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 212 355 4400


Exhibiting Artists

O Zhang

Born and raised in China. O Zhang is an artist working in photography, painting and video. A graduate of Royal College of Art (London) and Central Academy of Art (Beijing), Zhang moved to New York in 2004 and is based in Brooklyn. She was the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Artist Fellowship, Fuji Film Awards, and nominated/short listed for awards including Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (Beijing), Beck’s Future (London) and Creative Capital Awards (New York).

My inspiration is from the traditional Chinese landscape ink painting (specially from Yuan Dynasty) and European still life oil painting (specially paintings from the 17-18th century). Many traditional Chinese landscape artists embodied the universal longing of cultivated human being to escape their quotidian world to commune with nature. By choosing brown color background and realistic antique painting style, I identify myself with the values associate with the old masters. Painting orchid is a quiet and simple act for me to find a sanctuary from the chaos of daily life. Painting is no longer about the description of the visible world… it becomes a means of conveying the inner landscape of my heart and mind.

Gao Yuan

Gao Yuan studied photography in Tokyo Japan at the Nihon Academy of Fine Art university and in New York at the New York Film Academy.  She practiced commercial and fashion photography while at the same time pursuing a career in Fine Art photography, combining western and eastern cultural elements to demonstrate how cultural identity is shaped by the socio-political environment. She has been the recipient of the Grand Prize at Kaunas Lithuania Biennial 2012. In 2009 she was awarded The Terna Contemporary Art Prize and was an award winner at the Soho Photo Gallery Competition, New York (2004).

Her work has been the subject of frequent exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and US. Most recently these have included a group show, “Au feminin” at the Museum Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkia in Lisbon, Portugal (2009), It was a show that also featured work by Cindy Sherman and Diane Arbus, and Ruth Bernhard. Other recent activities include: a solo exhibition at National Museum of M.K. Ciurlionis, Kaunas, Lithuania (2013-2014). Also: New York AIPAD photography show (2013),  Soug Zoung Art Museum, Beijing (2010). Art Basel (Art Miami, 2008), and the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (2008).

Dasha Shkurpela

I have been painting since I was 5, and have done around 60 self-portraits over the years.  It still is a way for me to see unseen, to reflect, and to re-create.

Self-portraiture is not limited to looking at oneself. Actually, we never see ourselves, just our reflection. In this circumstance, artist inhabits his subject and has a sense of herself from inside. The brush carries the memory of the changes that took place over time, making them visible. An artist in her self-portrait (as both object and process) is an artist, her own subject, her own instrument, her own creation and her own viewer.

For me self-portrait is an instance of potential transformation; transformation of vision, of creative process, and of an artist herself. To me, self-portrait brings into focus the ultimate meaning of my creative practice.

Shiva Jlayer

My Persepolis paintings depict scenes and symbols found in the ruins of Persepolis, the ancient Persian city of the Achaemenid dynasty. The ruins are located in Shiraz, Iran. Some of the reliefs depicted in the paintings explore themes such as Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and Zoroastrianism, the dominant religion of ancient Persia. By removing the elements encroaching my subjects, I isolate symbols that represent the essence of a civilization and history lost to invasions and war.

Zahra Nazari

Crossing cultures, my immigration from Iran to the USA has been a significant influence on my work. Raised in Hamadan, an ancient city in Iran that dates back to 1100 BC, the modern and ancient worlds were constantly present. I observed the modern city flourishing on top of historical sites.

The base of my large-scale paintings and installations is inspired by Iran’s ancient and America’s postmodernist architecture, and has yet to be a social or political commentary. I have always felt instability in my life: First, my youth in Iran, growing up with war. Now, as an Iranian immigrant in the United States, political conflicts and social constraints plague my mind and influence my art.

My imagery is often intermingling fragmented forms of architectural structures with major themes of time, erosion and degradation. Structures both ancient and contemporary are represented in a chaotic composition of vibrant brush merged into abstract, organic forms with floating and shifting environments.

Lulu Dong

In this series of painting, I concentrated on creating a source of light, a flow of stimulations and a source of illumination pointing to a bright future. They all start from here, the beauty of space, interactions and eventually inner peace.

I love to use circles as symbol to present life, sometimes they are perfect, sometimes they are not, sometimes they are just changeable.

The color choice for this series matters too, warm and cold tones, maybe a combination of both.

Ping Zheng

Born in China, I grew up in many different geographic regions, where I was surrounded by starkly contrasting natural environments. As an artist, my strong interest in the natural environment originated from my childhood, when I could feel free as a human in the outdoors, avoiding family pressures. Because I am a

third born girl in the restricted traditional Chinese family, everything you do at home is wrong. Therefore, being in the outdoor environment was the only place that opened my imagination, as if an escape from family and cultural pressures. Therefore, my inspiration is grounded in my memories of these natural

landscapes. Since I studied abroad, I became aware of the power of freedom and imagination in shaping my world. I began to connect my childhood fascination with natural environments to my artistic practice. My art practice becomes a type of freedom.

Freedom is as wide as the desire to expand my horizons, and through an exploration of freedom comes a growing opportunity to express my point of view as an artist. Making art is an intuitive way of expressing myself. During my time in America, I have had the chance to get closer to the essence of the landscape, where memories of past and present are virginally created. I am interested in the ambiguity of an inner landscape. My forms use a modernist, elemental pictorial landscape; they may evoke nature parts, or human body parts, and frame our view into suggested landscape spaces. The paintings function as metaphors for the energy erupting from my artistic freedom, the limitless possibilities, the scope for dreaming behind forms. I hope my paintings could invite the viewers to look in while they gaze out at us in return.

Xin Song

My recent work borrows pictures from all kind of magazines, in the service of large questions about social & political values. Many of the issues are discussed in these magazines because they are questions people already think about every day. Current affairs, Political, War Health, Beauty, Fashion Population, Poverty, Luxury The Environment & the Beauty of Nature Modern Life & Technology Sex & Taboo While I am collecting image for my papercut collage, I consider each small piece and its meaning, and when each piece finds its way into my work, it brings that message & connection to the world in to my work. Every day I see, hear, feel and think about the world through magazines which people glance through & then throw away. For me, I have found importance & value in these materials as in many ways they are mirror the world around us.

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