秋麦 (Qiu Mai)
One would be hard-pressed to find a “more Chinese” artist than Qiu Mai (b. 1969). Photographer, calligrapher, and book artist, Qiu Mai’s work is done with the great sophistication that draws on the subtleties of China’s most scholarly and esoteric traditions. Based in Beijing and a successful artist whose works have been collected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Asian Art (the first photographic works ever to enter the collection of that department), Qiu Mai’s art is less provocative than it is intellectually engaging, meditative, and often simply beautiful. What is provocative is his identity: Qiu Mai is the Chinese name for Michael Cherney, born in New York of Jewish parentage. Cherney’s work is the cutting-edge demonstration of artistic globalization: if Asian artists can so readily “come West,” then what is to prevent large numbers of future Western artists from “going Asian”? Or, like Qiu Mai/Michael Cherney, going both ways at once, both American and Chinese, modern and traditional. – Jerome Silbergeld, P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor (Emeritus) of Chinese Art History, Princeton University
Michael’s works are in numerous museums and major private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University Art Museum and has been included in exhibitions at The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum, Getty Research Institute, Peabody Essex Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Middlebury College Museum of Art, and Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College.