Danh Vo is scattering pieces of the Statue of Liberty in museums around the world – some toes here, some abstract-looking folds here, some fingers here – life-size facsimiles of the original’s copper skin. The project was recently on view at the New Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The National Gallery of Denmark, among others, and will eventually add up to a scale replica of the entire statue.
In honor of Vo’s 2012 Hugo Boss Prize, the Guggenheim is opening an exhibition that shows a more personal and intimate side of the artist’s work. The installation is a shrine to a painter Vo has long admired: Martin Wong, who died of AIDS-related illness in 1999. A wide-ranging collector and connoisseur, Wong once supported himself by dealing in Asian antiquities, and his massive graffiti collection now resides at the Museum of the City of New York. The objects in the installation are drawn from a collection of cultural artifacts and knickknacks Wong assembled in his childhood home in San Francisco.
Win Tickets to Danh Vo’s Guggenheim Artist Talk
On March 19 at 6:30 p.m., Vo will discuss his work with Julie Ault, an artist, writer, and curator, and Peter Broda, who cofounded the Museum of American Graffiti with Martin Wong. Tweet this article or share it on Facebook to enter to win a pair of tickets to the artist talk! More information here.