Art In America

Lin Yan

at Tenri Cultural Institute,
43a West 13th St.

 

How do you make art out of China's deadly pollution crisis? Lin Yan, trained at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and now residing in Brooklyn, responds by molding traditional Xuan paper into wafting or curtainlike forms, mottled with ink to evoke both noxious coal dust and centuries of ink painting and calligraphy. In the midst of the grimy elegance she occasionally depicts a bird form-perhaps a phoenix rising from industrial ashes like some idealized China to come, or perhaps a symbol of here-and-now longing for escape into Mallarmé's pure transcendent azure.

 

 

More from the Lookout

Mernet Larsen

at James Cohan,
through Feb. 21
291 Grand Street

Lynn Umlauf

at Zürcher,
through Feb. 25
33 Bleecker Street

Dawn Kasper

at David Lewis,
through Feb. 28
88 Eldridge Street

“Flatlands”

at Whitney Museum ,
through Apr. 17
99 Gansevoort Street

Closing

“Looking Back: The 10th White Columns Annual”

at White Columns,
through Feb. 20
320 West 13th Street

Judith Bernstein

at Mary Boone ,
through Feb. 27
541 West 24th Street

Closing

Lisa Oppenheim

at Tanya Bonakdar,
through Feb. 20
521 West 21st Street

“Social Ecologies”

at Gallery at Industry City,
through Feb. 21
254 36th Street, Brooklyn

Zhang Hongtu

at Queens Museum,
through Feb. 28
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.