The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, August 24, 2019

First US museum exhibition of the work of Polit-Sheer-Form-Office opens at the Queens Museum
Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Polit-Sheer-Form-16, Oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm, 2007. Courtesy of MABSOCIETY.

QUEENS, NY.- The Queens Museum presents Polit-Sheer-Form!, the first US museum exhibition of the work of Polit-Sheer-Form-Office (PSFO). PSFO is a China-based art group established in 2005 by artists Song Dong, Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Liu Jianhua and curator/critic Leng Lin. Born in the mid-1960s, as children PSFO’s members all experienced the late Cultural Revolution, a period of Communist ideological orthodoxy that powerfully affected the preceding generation. Drawing on this personal history, PSFO’s artistic practice strives to create a collective way of life while removing the political content historically associated with it. In its activities and artworks, PSFO attempts to create a framework—albeit tongue-in-cheek—for collective life in today’s consumer-oriented China. Within this framework, individuals may find the ties that bind them to others. At the same time, “sheer form” without content allows room for the individual to grow.

“By eating, drinking and playing together, the PSFO members revive a collective way of life associated with the Communist era of their youth, reawakening a long-lost state of being, by which they contend with contemporary China’s ideology of consumerism. But this is not nostalgia for one of the most controversial periods of Chinese history. The very emptiness of the political rhetoric of their childhood is what inspires the group’s name. Instead of political content, we have sheer, unadulterated political form—hence “Polit-Sheer-Form-Office.” The fact that the group calls itself an “Office” is another ironic reference to officialdom.

With elements installed throughout the Museum’s first floor spaces and west faade, Polit-Sheer-Form! is both a survey of works created by PSFO during its nine years of existence, and also a single project that integrates the individual artworks with the site. The Queens Museum spaces are given an architectural form evocative of the Socialist era meant to bring viewers directly into the collectivist imagination. Among the works on view, Library and Fitness for All especially invite the audience to experience the joy of being together, and the performance piece Do the Same Good Deed, taking place at lunch hour on Monday, November 3 in Times Square, a special commission with Times Square Arts for this exhibition, is also the first time the group has reached out to engage masses of people in its personal, collective ways. (The same artwork was organized by the Guangdong Times Museum and performed in Guangzhou, China on June 9, 2014.) Cultural diversity is a hallmark of Queens and the affirmation of individualism is a cultural symbol of the United States. Polit-Sheer-Form-Office hopes to make their voice heard in this center of diversity and consumerist culture, and, based on their life experiences, speak out about how the “we” can exist amidst “me.”

Polit-Sheer-Form-Office (PSFO) is a China-based art collective founded in 2005 by artists Hong Hao (b. 1965, Beijing), Xiao Yu (b. 1965, Inner Mongolia), Song Dong (b. 1966, Beijing), Liu Jianhua (b. 1962, Ji’an), and Leng Lin (b. 1965, Beijing). Each PSFO member has a significant and successful solo artistic career, and PSFO represents an opportunity for them to experiment with another way of making art over an extended period of time. PSFO is a highly adaptable organism: when they come together, they adjust their roles, fitting into the collective through their greatest strengths to become units in a greater whole—as the propaganda of their childhood might have encouraged them to do. According to them, members enjoy absolute equality and are willing to set aside the self as the condition for fusion onto the collective. On a foundation of deep understanding and trust, the roles and responsibilities of the group’s members can change to fit the situation. The collective derives its creativity from this equality and adaptability.

Today's News

November 1, 2014

Italian master Leonardo da Vinci's self-portrait in rare public exhibition in Turin

Exhibition of works on metal of the 1980s and 1990s by Robert Rauschenberg opens at Gagosian

First museum exhibition to explore Rubinstein's ideas opens at the Jewish Museum

Exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago includes 60 works never before seen in public

Exhibition at MoMA illuminates Dubuffet's radical experimentation with form and material

Iconic Cowardly Lion costume to reign over TCM and Bonhams' November auction

Major Symbolist work by Franz von Stuck to lead Sotheby's 19th Century European Art Sale

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver opens Mark Mothersbaugh career retrospective

Carnegie Museum of Art opens definitive retrospective of Duane Michals

Columbus Museum of Art acquires Andy Warhol and Trevor Paglen works of art

Art Taipei opens 21sr edition with more than 500 artists and over 3,000 quality artworks

'Ernesto Neto: The Body That Gravitates on Me' on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum presents 'Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective'

Bullet from the first wartime aviation casualty to be auctioned in London

Artist Rooms on tour 2015: A year of photography

Gesellschaft fr Aktuelle Kunst opens exhibition of Belgian artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer's work

Social photography exhibition features deCordova's recent gift of Andy Warhol Polaroids

First US museum exhibition of the work of Polit-Sheer-Form-Office opens at the Queens Museum

Brooklyn Museum presents retrospective of artist Judith Scott

'Empire of the dead': Paris' Catacombs still entice visitors

Rare Francois Linke piano leads Fall Furniture and Decorative Arts Auctions at Bonhams

'Richard Meier: Collages' opens at the Stroganov Palace, St. Petersburg

Sohei Nishino's new series of Diorama Maps on view at Michael Hoppen Gallery

Limited Edition Montblanc Pen Collection to be offered at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Fine Pen sale

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Newly restored Titian's Rape of Europa set to be reunited with accompanying works

2.- Krannert Art Museum acquires complete works of conceptual gay photographer Hal Fischer

3.- The Met's Rock & Roll exhibition reaches a milestone 500,000 visitors

4.- A new species of giant penguin has been identified from fossils

5.- Fondation Phi pour l'art contemporain exhibits works by pioneering artist Yoko Ono

6.- Comprehensive exhibition of Elfie Semotan's work on view at C/O Berlin

7.- 'Easy Rider' star Peter Fonda dead at 79

8.- Major exhibition explores the romantic fascination with the Scottish Highlands

9.- Meet the Ercolines, the Woodstock lovebirds whose hug made history

10.- Dallas Museum of Art re-opens European Galleries after total reinstallation

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful