‘New York and Beijing’ Features Five Pairs of Artists

“Silk and Berries” (2013) by Joan Snyder, left, and “No. 0655” (2006) by Wei Jia. PETER JACOBS; COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS

“Silk and Berries” (2013) by Joan Snyder, left, and “No. 0655” (2006) by Wei Jia.
PETER JACOBS; COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS

A Dialogue Between Hemispheres

The ‘Tales of Two Cities: New York and Beijing’ Features Five Pairs of Artists

By JANE L. LEVERE

An exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich has fostered an unusual cross-cultural dialogue between artists in two capitals of the contemporary art world.

The exhibition “Tales of Two Cities: New York and Beijing” features works by five pairs of artists, each pair consisting of one who is New York-based and one who is Beijing-based.

Mr. Wei is paired with Joan Snyder, an American post-Minimalist artist. In the catalog for the exhibition, Mr. Wei calls the foundation of his artwork “a variety of handmade paper widely used in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy” that is employed in “a vigorously repeated cycle of tearing, mounting and painting.” Ms. Snyder says the ideas for her paintings “appear on unbleached linen with many layers of paint and often other materials.” Ms. Pan calls both artists “masters of layered complexity.”

Mr. Wei said he and Ms. Snyder had visited each other’s studio and discussed “art and the art process.”

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