liu bolin: hiding in new york performances
 
liu bolin: hiding in new york performances liu bolin: hiding in new york performances
jul 11, 2011

liu bolin: hiding in new york performances

‘hiding in new york’ by liu bolin image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

new york gallery eli klein fine art presents ‘the invisible man,’ an exhibition of work by chinese artist liu bolin. the performance artist is previously known for his ‘hiding in the city’ series, in which he concealed himself throughout beijing, so for this stateside show, bolin has produced new portraits of himself camouflaged in new york city locations: kenny scharf’s mural on houston and bowery, a newspaper stand constructed inside the gallery, and the financial district’s landmark bull statue.

standing in front of scharf’s mural, bolin adds another dimension to the street artwork image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

the artist stands still for hours as production assistants paint him image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

bolin removes the paint on his face, which has turned into a mask-like layer image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

the artist dressed in his chinese army fatigues before his newsstand performance image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

performance preparationimage by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

the artist’s face is primed with gel to protect him from the paint image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

the constructed stand features local newspapers and magazines image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

preparation for the performance in front of the bronze charging bull on wall street image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

image by zachary bako, courtesy of eli klein fine art

coverage of the performances on CNN

‘the invisible man’ is on display at eli klein fine art until august 28, 2011. for more information, see designboom’s previous coverage of the exhibition.

  • I would argue that the artists are his assistants – the ones doing the (incredible) painting. While he stands there. I guess he came up with the concept, so that makes him the artist. ??

    marcus says:
  • yes, i think that makes him the artist! and his assistants great painters

    brodba says:
  • To come up with an idea and concept, to take the first step towards its realization, to employ other artists or painters (whom get paid regardless the outcome or sucsess/failure of such a project) this is what makes a true artist. Just standing there? NO! All the hard work was done before the ‘artists’ (in your opinion) painted a ‘standing man’.

    Paul says:
  • Nice work and for Paul..very true.

    Ana says:

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