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Times Square Arts' January Midnight Moment features FX Harsono's "Writing in the Rain"
Writing in the Rain is a stark depiction of the artist writing his name in Chinese characters with a brush as rain slowly washes the ink away. Photographs courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts.


NEW YORK, NY.- A seminal figure in the Indonesian contemporary art scene, Harsono has been deeply engaged with social and political issues, including the role of the artist in the recovery of repressed histories, cultures, and identities. Writing in the Rain is a stark depiction of the artist writing his name in Chinese characters with a brush as rain slowly washes the ink away.

FX Harsono was born in 1949 in Blitar (East Java), Indonesia, and lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was educated at the Jakarta Art Institute, Jakarta, Indonesia and Sekolah Tinggi Seni Rupa Indonesi (STSRI “ASRI”), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In recognition of his decades-long “commitment to art and to freedom of expression in art,” Harsono was awarded the Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art in 2015, presented by the US embassy in Singapore, and in 2014 he was given the Prince Claus Award honoring his “crucial role in Indonesia’s contemporary art scene for forty years.” His work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions around the world, including the seminal “Traditions/Tensions: Contemporary Art in Asia” at Asia Society in New York (1996), and the first Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (1993). The Singapore Art Museum mounted a major career retrospective, “FX Harsono: Testimonies,” in 2010. He presented his first solo exhibition in the United States, “Writing in the Rain,” at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2012. Recent biennials include Indonesia’s Jogja Biennale (2013) and the 2016 Sydney Biennale. His work is currently on view in the Asia Society Museum exhibition “After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History.”

Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts since 2012, it has an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million.






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