Michael Cherney

1969 New York USA

Introduction

A thirty-year resident of Beijing, Michael Cherney(Qiu Mai) has travelled throughout China, seeking sites with historical relevance to his black and white photographic works. A deep appreciation for ink painting tradition is reflected in compositions resembling Chinese landscapes, printed on rice paper and often mounted in traditional fan or album leaf formats. Cherney's were the first photographic works to enter the Asian Art collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a testimony to his role in cross-cultural artistic globalization.


BIOGRAPHY 
1969    Born in New York, United States
Studied Chinese language and history, the State University of New York, Binghamton, USA
1990    Graduate language study, Beijing Language Institute, Beijing, China
Started to live in Beijing, China
Present    Lives and works in Beijing, China

 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006 Reframing, 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, China

The Calligraphy of Michael Cherney, Rong Bao Zhai, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 
Contemporary Forms of Ink Painting, Alisan Fine Arts, Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms, Hong Kong
Spotlight on a New Generation: Contemporary Chinese Artists, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA

2019 In Ink: Current Trends of Ink Art, Nanhai Art, San Francisco, USA
2018-19 
Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2018 
All Under Heaven: Landscapes of China by Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, University of California in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA
Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA
Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, California, USA
Beyond Ink, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China
From the Canglang Pavilion, Suzhou Jinjihu Art Gallery, China
From 2 Arises 3: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2017 Pursuits in Ink: The Inaugural Wuhan Ink Biennale, Wuhan, China
A Literati Dialogue Through Lens and Brush: The Collaborative Landscapes of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Nanhai Art, San Francisco, USA
In the Realm of Trees, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA
Different Paths: Explorations in Ink, Sotheby’s S.2 Gallery, New York, USA
Landscape Relativities: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, USA
2016 Conversations: Past and Present in Asia and America, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA
Berkeley Eye: Perspectives from the Collection, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA
Archives of Contemporary Ink, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
Rhythms of Abstraction: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Ka­lamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA
The Literati Within, Sotheby’s S.2 Gallery, New York, USA
2015 Landscape Duets: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
2014 The Art of the Chinese Album, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Among Stone and Mist: Chinese Landscape Photography by Michael Cherney, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA From Two Arises Three: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
Shadow Lands: China through the Lens of Michael Cherney, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont, USA
2009 Outside In: Chinese + American + Contemporary + Art, Princeton University Art Mu­seum, New Jersey, USA
Inaugural “Meet the Artist, Contemporary Asian Art at the Met” Event and Unveiling of the Wen C. Fong Asian Art Study Room, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2008 Reason’s Clue, Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing; Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
Dislocating the Center: Contemporary Chinese Art Beyond National Borders, Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, USA
2007 Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Reboot: 3rd Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
2005 The Act of Writing/Non-writing: International Exhibition of Modern Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
China-Korea Joint Calligraphy Exhibition, Harbin, China

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, USA
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, USA
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont, USA
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA
Portland Art Museum, Oregon, USA
Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, USA
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA
Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California San Diego, San Diego, USA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, USA
Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, USA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA
Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong