Installation view of WANG XU’s Untitled Athena (foreground) and Garden of Seasons (background), both 2018, Hanbaiyu marble from Hunan, 220 × 130 × 85 cm; two-channel video with color and sound: 32 min 34 sec, at “Garden of Seasons,” Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, 2018–19. Courtesy the artist and Equitable Vitrines, Los Angeles. 

Wang Xu

At the heart of Wang Xu’s solo exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM), a monumental female figure standing more than seven feet tall carries an urn on her left shoulder. She extends her right arm forward, her fingers gently reaching out. Yards of fabric fall in pleats and folds from her wide, armored chest down to her sandaled feet. This contemporary statue in classical guise, Untitled Athena (2018), bathes in the glow of the two-channel video Garden of Seasons (2018) projected behind her, which depicts the creation of the statue interspersed with clips of an intense municipal hearing centered on a public sculpture. 

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