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Do I know you_Muted Landscape series 186cm x 98cm ink on rice paper 2019 Zhen Guo

Muted Landscape | Zhen Guo Solo Exhibition

Chinese American Arts Council / Gallery 456 / January 28 - February 18, 2022


Gallery 456 is pleased to present Muted Landscape, a solo exhibition by Zhen Guo, curated by Kimberly Reinagel, on view from January 28th to February 18th, 2022. Muted Landscape is comprised of artworks by Guo that redefine traditional Chinese Landscape Ink Paintings as a rich, abstract visual language drawing on themes of identity, feminism, and environmentalism. She breaks through with new techniques, while upholding centuries-long traditions. 

The works presented in Muted Landscape are a unique representation of the natural world, at once monumental and intimate. These communicate the vastness of mountain ranges, deep valleys and wide fields along with the undulating folds of the human body. Each work is fully formed only by the participation of the viewer, and subtly enfolds references to female figure, and the history of identity, oppression, and violence at the core of every human woman.

Muted Landscape's deeply moving, and inherently female presentation will feature a live performance by Luisa Muhr on January 28th, and on February 4th will feature original music by Francesca Ter-Berg, and an artist talk with Zhen Guo.


Zhen Guo was born in Shandong Province, China, and experienced the “Cultural Revolution” during her teen years. She graduated from the Chinese Painting Department of the China Academy of Art in 1982 and was hired there to teach in its Chinese Art Department.

Zhen Guo is one of the earliest explorers of ink art after the reform and opening up of China. She immigrated to the United States in 1986 and established Zhen Guo Art Studio in New York City in 1988. Guo has participated in many international art exhibitions and has long been committed to the research and exploration of contemporary feminist art.

Major auction houses such as Sotheby’s have repeatedly promoted her works. In recent years, Guo has curated and participated in: “Existence: International Women’s Art Exhibition” in Changsha, China; “Please Touch, Body Boundaries,” a large-scale exhibition at Mana Contemporary Art in the United States; “Asian Women Artists Exhibition”; at Jeonbuk Provincial Museum of Art, South Korea, and many more abroad and in the United States.

Zhen Guo now lives and works in New York City.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 28, 2022, 5 - 7PM

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