Ryan Wong

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A spray of leaves from a metal vase is set against a rich blue wall. In the reflection of the vase, we see hints of windows overlooking greenery and the sea: it is a still life that also contains a sunny, beachside landscape. How do we reckon with the knowledge that this was made by a man imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 11 years?

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Post image for Bodies in the Street: After the Eric Garner Decision

We are in Foley square at 6pm, some of thousands gathered the day after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo for murdering Eric Garner, for putting him in a chokehold that ended his life as Garner pled — 11 times that were caught on camera — “I can’t breathe.”

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Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion

Chinese American consciously simulates the American immigrant’s journey: hope, dehumanization, mixed blessings; individual narratives that together paint the greater arc of America.

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A Biennial Asks: Where Is Brooklyn?

by Ryan Wong on October 10, 2014


“This exhibition series intends to demonstrate the rich wealth of talent to be found throughout Brooklyn.” This is the mission statement of the BRIC Biennial, which recently launched the first edition of the series in its new home in Fort Greene.

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Kazuki Umezawa, “AR Image Core Involving All”

Art scholar Michio Hayashi theorized that the popular perception of “Japaneseness” in the West was cemented in the 1980s by triangulating “kitsch hybridity,” “primordial nature,” and “technological sophistication.”

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I Am Joe Scanlan

by Ryan Wong on June 17, 2014

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Now that the Whitney Biennial is over and the critical debate around it has subsided, I feel it’s time to put this project to rest: I created Joe Scanlan.

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Post image for Sugar Coat: On Oscar Murillo and Kara Walker

In one of those useful coincidences of the New York art scene, two current exhibitions discuss global commerce and history, labor and money through one peculiar entry point: sugar.

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Post image for A Teacher’s Guide to the Last Brucennial

The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brucennial has excited and divided the art world for the past 10 years. On the occasion of the fifth and final Brucennial, and inspired by the open classrooms of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, we offer you a teacher-student discussion guide to the exhibition.

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Rashaad Newsome Is Having a Ball

by Ryan Wong on March 11, 2014

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Five passages on Rashaad Newsome’s “FIVE (The Drawing Center).”

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A Tale of Two Gallerists

by Ryan Wong on February 3, 2014

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The two coincidental exhibitions in New York, on the gallerists Ileana Sonnabend (1914–2007) at the Museum of Modern Art and Holly Solomon (1934–2002) at Mixed Greens, make for engaging historiography, selective histories within the established art narratives.

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