Last Chance; "7 lb. 9 oz.: The Reintegration of Tradition in Contemporary Art"

Holland Cotter
May 7, 1999

Asian American Arts Centre
26 Bowery (below Canal Street)
(through tomorrow).

This lovely, low-key four-artist show takes its theme ways in which Asian traditions are preserved and reborn in art made outside of Asia itself. The work, all by artists of Asian descent, includes photographic still lifes by Chee Wang Ng, Osami Tanaka's wood, steel and paraffin sculptures, Yeong Gil Kim's calligraphic figures on ink-washed muslin, and three small paintings by the Japanese-born Hisako Hibi (1907-1991) in which painterly abstraction and a Zen-driven notational approach to nature effortless join hands.

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