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September 24th-28th, 2018: A Week of Art for the Global Goals

Chelsea Galleries – A pledge for the Global Goals

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James Cohan

Inaugural Partner: ART 2030 New York

533 W 26th Street, New York City

Since its founding in 1999, James Cohan has continually presented a rigorous and varied program that has resulted in many museum acquisitions and numerous institutional exhibitions for its artists. The gallery moved from West 57th Street to its present location at 533 West 26th Street in Chelsea in 2002. James Cohan’s diverse programming includes solo exhibitions of gallery artists and two thematic group exhibitions every year. James Cohan opened a second New York location at 291 Grand Street in November 2015. This additional location allows the gallery to expand its ambitious programming with focused and experimental exhibitions of gallery artists.

The gallery represents established artists Bill Viola, Fred Tomaselli, Beatriz Milhazes, Richard Long, Yinka Shonibare, MBE and the Estate of Robert Smithson along with emerging artists The Propeller Group, Simon Evans, Omer Fast, Spencer Finch, Kathy Butterly, Michelle Grabner, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Federico Herrero, Philip Hanson, Yun-Fei Ji, Byron Kim, Mernet Larsen, Josiah McElheny, the Estate of Lee Mullican, Matthew Ritchie, Scott Olson, Katie Paterson, Hiraki Sawa, Grace Weaver, Tabaimo, and Xu Zhen.

Selected artist: Yun-Fei Ji

Yun-Fei Ji, Before the Long Journey, 2017-2018, Watercolor and ink on Xuan paper, Framed: 41 x 51 in. (104 x 129.5 cm), Unframed: 37 x 48 1/2 in. (94 x 123.2 cm) – Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Yun-Fei Ji was born in 1963 in Beijing, China and first moved to the United States in the late 1980s. After spending the past six years in Beijing, he currently divides his time between New York and rural Ohio – an experience that has amplified his perceptions of the cultural and ideological disparities in this turbulent political moment. He sees similarities between the migration discourses that he has explored in a Chinese context and the current immigration debates in the United States. Yun-Fei Ji has employed the stacked perspective and flattened space of classical Chinese painting throughout his career, reinvigorating this traditional style as a means of contemporary storytelling. His paintings are acts of resistance in their own way, insisting that these stories of cultural degradation, struggle, and resistance are worth telling.

Related Global Goals: 8, 10, 11, and 16.

Selected artist: Elias Sime

Elias Sime, TIGHTROPE: (7) While Observing..., 2018, Reclaimed electrical wires and components on panel, 72 3/8 x 63 in. (184 x 160 cm) – Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Ethiopian artist Elias Sime creates intricate, wall-mounted work from discarded technological components that have traveled from far-reaching locations across the globe to the open-air markets in his hometown of Addis Ababa. Sime meticulously weaves and layers these found materials into compositions suggestive of aerial landscape, figuration, and at times pure abstraction. Sime titles this body of work “tightropes” as a reference to the tenuous balance between technology and human interaction.

Related Global Goals: 11, 12, 13, and 15.

Selected artist: Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, 2018, Hand-painted fiberglass resin cast, Installed in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park until October 14, 2018 – Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Shonibare says "I am trying to do the opposite of sculpture – to sculpt the impossible. I am interested in making the movement of the wind visible through a sculptural form. Most of us move around the world, if you fly, there is wind involved, and if you come by boat, there is wind involved. These sculptures are a metaphor for the natural movement of people. Migration."

Wind Sculpture (SG) is a series of outdoor sculptures by British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The Wind Sculptures represent a distillation of Shonibare's ideas about identity as a cultural construct, a theme that runs throughout his entire career. The concept of hybridity is embedded in the Dutch wax textiles that have become the artist's signature and upon which the sculpture's patterns are based. The mixed origins of the fabric —factory-made by the Dutch, based on Indonesian batiks sold to Britain’s West African colonies, embraced there and considered in the world's eyes as authentic African products, make a perfect vehicle to inspire conversations about our multilayered identities and global interdependence.

Related Global Goals: 9, 10, and 16.

Uniting with other leading Chelsea art galleries

For the first edition of ART 2030 New York, the gallery unites with other leading Chelsea art galleries to welcome UN delegates, the art community, and the public to extended public hours during the week of the United Nations’ General Debate, to foster discussion, engagement and advocacy towards the Global Goals through art.

Related Global Goals: 17.

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