This pair of armchairs belong to Shao’s Chair series in which historic Ming-style forms are transformed into sleek, sometimes surreal, modern hybrids using contemporary forms, techniques, and materials. These works not only illuminate aesthetic connections across time and culture, but also demonstrate how China’s past can both adapt to and coexist with its rapidly changing and increasingly globalized present.
Pearl Lam , Hong Kong (until 2010; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," December 9, 2013–April 6, 2014.