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Two exhibitions open on May 26

Chen Duxi, Comtemplate 持颐 #70, 2023, Mineral pigment on silk, Framed, 9 7/8 x 26 3/8 in.

A Hint of Coolness
May 26 – September 2, 2023
at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Lance Letscher

Lance Letscher, Parrots under the bridge, 2023, collage, 20.00 x 17.00 in.

Figure 8: New Works by Lance Letscher
May 26 – June 24, 2023
at TAI Modern

The group exhibition at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, “A Hint of Coolness,” draws inspiration from a recurring theme in traditional Chinese poetry that celebrates the pleasure of experiencing coolness during the scorching summer months.

The show features a carefully selected array of works by celebrated artists such as Arnold Chang, Michael Cherney, Chen Duxi, Fung Ming Chip, Tai Xiangzhou, Tang Ke, C.C.Wang, Wang Mansheng, Yau Wing Fung, and Zhang Xiaoli.

The exhibition will be divided into two parts, with the first running from May 26th to July 9th, and the second from July 11th to September 2nd.

Opening reception: Friday, May 26, 6-8pm

“Figure 8: New Works by Lance Letscher” at TAI Modern in Santa Fe from May 26, 2023–June 24, 2023, is a solo exhibition by renowned collage artist, Lance Letscher.

Letscher’s world is one filled with color and detail, allowing the viewer to enter a piece and stay a while. As Erin Keever, writer from Austin, Texas, notes, “These collages demand intense and prolonged looking.”

Inspired by Elliot Smith’s album of the same name, Figure 8 showcases the dense overlapping compositions and the witty and poetic juxtaposition of images that has become a signature in Letscher’s work.

The pieces in Figure 8 explore the artist’s ongoing interest in texture, color, and composition through ornithological and environmental imagery, inspired by a trip to the Texas coast. In discussing his recent work, Letscher said, “I’ve really tried to knuckle down and make the cutting more expressive and more intricate.”

Opening reception: Friday, May 26, 2023, 5-7pm.

In 2017, Letscher was the subject of an illuminating documentary chronicling his life and studio practice called “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher,” directed by Sandra Adair. TAI Modern will host a free screening of this documentary at the Violet Crown Santa Fe, on Thursday, May 25, 6 – 7:30pm, and will be followed by a Q&A with both Adair and Letscher.