Preview of a selection of Ai Jing's work ahead of her next solo show on Nov.16 at the Marlborough Gallery in New York, USA


Opening: Nov.16, 2016

Exhibition time:Nov.16 – Dec.30, 2016

Venue: Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street,New York


Dear Friends,

After the successful three editions of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Jing Museum touring exhibition I LOVE AIJING at the National Museum of China in Beijing (2012), the National Art Museum of Shanghai (2014) and at the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan (2015), the artist travel further to the West with her next solo exhibition LOVE AIJING at the Marlborough Gallery in NYC.

Leaving her stardom status in Asia, Folk songwriter Ai Jing embarked in 1994 on an artistic journey through Europe that awakened a passion for fine arts before arriving in yet another journey in New York in 1997. In the Big Apple Ai Jing discovered a vibrant art scene that fueled her imagination, museums and artists like Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko as well as experimental street art and architecture further nourished her artistic creation while still writing songs which helped her in the transition from musician to painter. Upon returning to China in 2000 she developed her potential with her teacher, renowned Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang. However NYC still held a great influence on Ai Jing and she soon return to settle in New York from 2002 to 2008 in the Lower East Side where she opened her first studio devoting herself to visual arts for many years before relocating to Beijing, China.

New York is primordial in Ai Jing’s life and to exhibit there after 16 years is a milestone – since her sojourn in New York, her work has matured into full series and her next solo exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery Chelsea location will featured iconic works like her installation My Mom and My Hometown, I Love Heavy Metal as well as much as 20 new works from her major series I Love Color as well as never shown before works from her series Walking in the Sun.


“The light and love that flows from these pictures is special and has probably emanated from Ai Jing her entire life. It is what draws people to her and to her art. People who buy and admire her paintings are those that want to stand apart and beyond fashion. They are people who admire compassion, integrity and sincerity in art—these are the hallmarks of her life and her career as a musician and now a painter. It is what draws me to her and her work along with the audaciously complicated technique she uses to make her paintings and the constant experimentation with materials, which forms and defines them.”                     
                                                                Benjamin Genocchio, Executive Director, The Armory Show, New York
“Ai Jing’s love of art has determined her attitude toward art. She goes through great pains to achieve rapport between concept and material. She spares no effort when creating art works. She uses love to protect art and thus makes her contribution to contemporary Chinese art. Her art has no borders, like her love. We can always expect more from her.”                    
                                                      Chen Lusheng, Ex-Deputy Director of National Museum of China, Researcher of National Museum of China, Art historian, Curator, Painter and Calligrapher
The Marlborough Gallery in one of the world's leading modern and contemporary art dealers with two spaces in New York and other locations such as Madrid, Monaco etc... The Gallery put up some iconic exhibitions by major artists in its history such as the Kandinsky, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud exhibitions and since 1990 was one the first western dealers to showcased primary Asian artists such as the Taiwanese Lin Sho Yu, the Chinese Chu Teh Chun and Zao Wou Ki.
October 21, 2016