Zhang Xiaogang Opening at Pace Gallery in Chelsea Last Night
The Zhang Xiaogang opening last night at Chelsea's Pace Gallery was the event of the young spring season. Under threatening skies, and with throngs spilling out into 25th Street, the hangar-size space was thronged with art hangers-on -- but it was also thronged with the artists' latest work, a series of busts and monumental heads, their dress and eyewear recalling the 1960s.
With a translator standing by, the 56-year-old Chinese artist held court in the front room, in front of a 4-foot-tall head that looked suspiciously like a self-portrait, glasses and all. Not far away, Chuck Close sat in his high-tech wheelchair. It was an evening to remember, and here's some of the evidence.
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