An Interview with USFCAM's Curator-at-Large Christian Viveros-Fauné

Entrevista con Daniela Silva, El Mercurio

Opening Conversation: Zhao Gang & Christian Viveros-Fauné

Join us for an in-gallery conversation with artist Zhao Gang and guest curator Christian Viveros-Fauné for the opening of Zhao Gang: History Painting. Gang will discuss his paintings, practice, and how he has come to be positioned as an insider's outsider of both Chinese and American cultures. Experience the artist's work hung salon style in a 130-square-foot "apartment" built within the exhibition gallery and learn more about this format that mimics the 1980s phenomenon of "apartment art." Zhao Gang: History Painting opens on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6pm and is on view through January 5, 2020.

Opening May 23 at PAMM | Zhao Gang: History Painting

(MIAMI, FL — April 15, 2019) — Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is pleased to present Zhao Gang: History Painting, an exhibition of fourteen paintings that bring together the radically multicultural aspects of Gang’s art and identity as an artist who is both Chinese and American. On view from May 24, 2019 through January 5, 2020, the exhibition serves as a critical re-reading of the history of contemporary art both in the East and the West.

Zhao Gang is a key figure in Chinese contemporary art, and the youngest member of the Stars Group— China’s first modern art movement. Born in Beijing in 1961, Gang left China in 1983 to study, live, and work in Europe and the United States. After returning to China 24 years later, Gang developed a dynamic, provocative painting practice that freely combines Western and Eastern influences as a lens to reflect on the profound changes affecting his native country. Before Gang left, there was no such thing as “Chinese contemporary art.” By the time he returned, globalization had ushered in not just multiple styles and forms of art, but also an entire art economy.

Zhao Gang: History Painting will feature fourteen paintings, dating from 1997 to 2018, that bring together the complex cross-cultural aspects of Gang’s identity and practice. Though the artist is Chinese and American, he is considered—and considers himself—an outsider in both cultures. As both native and newcomer, Gang has developed a darkly ironic, often crude approach to depicting Chinese history. His paintings elide centuries-old tropes with images from the Cultural Revolution, images drawn from memories of his childhood, and images of China as an economic and cultural powerhouse in the new millennium.

A number of the works will be displayed salon style inside a 130 square foot “apartment” built insidePAMM’s Rose Ellen Meyerhoff Greene and Gerald Greene Gallery in order to mimic the Beijing practice of showing art in residential apartments—a practice that sustained the city’s experimental scene in the 1980s and ‘90s. The idea of “apartment art” rose as young artists organized exhibitions at home as a response to the lack of exhibition opportunities and government-approved venues. Gang’s “apartment show” will materialize the challenges faced by artists of his generation in China, while drawing parallels between instances of censorship in both East and West, as well as artists’ responses to the ongoing curtailing of freedom of expression.

Zhao Gang: History Painting strengthens and expands PAMM’s emphasis on the art and culture of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Western Europe and Africa—all places that have historically seen a significant uptick in the presence of Chinese investment, immigration, and culture. In the same way in which it is possible to speak about artists who represent a gender-neutral intersection of identities and cultures as Latinx, it is also possible to speak about Zhao Gang’s artworks as being emblematic of and anticipating a growing Chinese-Western cross-culturalism. His paintings, in many ways, predict and expand the idea of a contemporary art that opposes cultural binaries and incorporates ideas and motifs from many cultures at once.

Zhao Gang: History Painting is organized by Guest Curator Christian Viveros-Fauné and coordinated at Pérez Art Museum Miami by Assistant Curator Jennifer Inacio.


Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2-3PM

Veterans Room
Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at East 67th Street

What has been the historical relationship between visual art and politics and what is it today? Artist Seth Cameron and art critic Christian Viveros-Fauné (author of Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art (David Zwirner Books, 2018)) engage in a conversation about paradigmatic cases that have given voice to art's strongest calls to political action over the last 150 years. From Francisco de Goya's The Disasters of War (1810-20) to David Hammons's In the Hood (1993), the panelists examine the ways in which artists have dealt with local and global political crises, the rise of consumer culture and the challenges of technologies—and how the long-lasting impact of their contributions continue to compel us today.


Seth Cameron, artist, writer, and co-founder, The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Christian Viveros-Fauné, author and Curator-at-Large, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

Artland introduces its new Chief Critic | Christian Viveros-Fauné

We are delighted to announce that Christian Viveros-Fauné will be joining us at Artland as our first ever Chief Critic.



Based in New York City he will write primarily about exhibitions and the cultural landscape there, articles that will also feature Artland’s revolutionary and market leading Artland 3D, virtual exhibition tours that enable the viewer to pay compelling virtual visits to actual exhibition spaces.

“Christian's distinguished record of curatorial expertise brings a gravitas to Artland’s platform that we have wanted for some time. His insights from New York, the de facto capital of the international contemporary art industry, will contribute incisive yet accessible ideas our readers will enjoy, and his critical writing will bring a new perspective to our programming,” Artland CEO and co-founder Mattis Curth said in a statement. “His global reach will bring a new audience to us, and his distinctive voice is perfect for guiding an emerging generation of collectors into and around the industry."

In 2010, Viveros-Fauné was awarded the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and was named the inaugural critic-in-residence at the Bronx Museum from 2010 to 2011. He was a critic for the Village Voice for a decade, and his writing has appeared in publications such as Art in America, ArtReview, artnet, Artnews, Frieze, Art in Australia, Newsweek and The New Yorker. His latest book, Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art, was released by David Zwirner Books in December 2018.

Viveros-Fauné has also served as a lecturer at Yale University and the Pratt Institute, and as a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Holland’s Rietveld Academie. He is currently an art critic for Art Agency Partners and is the author of their regular in other words column.

From 2001 to 2018, Viveros-Fauné organized exhibitions at numerous international venues, including the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Fundación CorpArtes in Santiago, Chile; the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas, Spain; and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima in Peru. He is currently the Curator-at-Large at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum and the Kennedy Family Visiting Scholar at the USF School of Art and Art History.

Commenting on his new post, Viveros-Fauné said: "I am really looking forward to working with Artland to continue to make the global art world more accessible. Since 2016, Artland has made it its mission to demystify the art experience through technology; now that it has added first rate content to its remit, I am proud to be able to collaborate with their amazing team."

"Art as Protest — From 1993 to Now", Armory Show panel discussion, Thur., March 7 at 3 pm

Using the infamous 1993 Whitney Biennial as a starting point, this panel will address how institutions show political art today; how the climate for viewing and understanding political art has shifted (or not); and, in turn, what political art looks like in a time of increasing connection, image-literacy, and social-collectivism.

Moderator: Christian Viveros-Fauné, Writer and Curator, University of South Florida Contemporary Art


Participants: Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, Whitney Museum

of American Art; Ben Davis, Critic (panel participants in formation)


Sábado 2 de marzo, 17 hrs. Feria ARCO, Sala 38, Pabellón 7.

Lanzamiento de Greatest Hits II: Arte en Nueva York, 2001-2015, del crítico chileno-neoyorquino Christian Viveros-Fauné, publicado por el Centro de Documentación y Estudios Avanzados de Arte Contemporáneo (CENDEAC). Con Javier Castro Flórez (coordinador de actividades del CENDEAC) y Juan José Santos (crítico de arte El País y autor Curaduría de Latinoamérica: 20 entrevistas a quienes cambiaron el arte contemporáneo, CENDEAC, 2018). 


Según el crítico de artnet News Ben Davis, el libro de Viveros-Fauné representa “la gran amenaza del arte crítico de Nueva York por partida triple: puede explicar las partes más difíciles del arte contemporáneo con estilo y claridad, indignarte con las injusticias de la sociedad y hacerte reír a carcajadas. Una vez sería una hazaña, pero el hecho que lo haga una y otra vez lo convierte en uno de los grandes”.

Christian Viveros-Fauné in Conversation with Lisa Yuskavage - New York Studio School

Christian Viveros-Fauné is curator-at-large at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum and Kennedy Family Visiting Scholar at the USF School of Art and Art History. He was awarded Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Grant for arts writing in 2010, was named critic in residence at the Bronx Museum in 2011, and has been a lecturer at Yale University, Pratt University and Holland’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He writes regularly for ArtReview, Sotheby’s in other words, and The Art Newspaper. He has curated numerous museum exhibitions around the world and is the author of several books. His most recent, Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art (2018), was published by David Zwirner Books.


Lisa Yuskavage received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MFA from the Yale University School of Art. Yuskavage’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide and is included in numerous museum collections. In 2020, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum will co-organize a solo presentation of the artist’s work. The artist’s work is represented by David Zwirner. Yuskavage lives and works in New York.


Following the discussion will be a book signing of Christian Viveros-Fauné’s new book Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art, published by David Zwirner Books.

Social Forms book presentation @ USF CAM

Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm

FAH101 University of South Florida

College of the Arts

Reception to follow in the CAM at 8:00 pm

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