Visual AIDS is proud to pass along this information from P. P. O. W. regarding Visual AIDS artist member Martin Wong:

MARTIN WONG
The Art Show
Art Dealers Association of America
Park Avenue Armory
March 6 - 10, 2013
Booth D18
P.P.O.W is pleased to present a one person exhibition of the work of Martin Wong (1946-1999). During the 1980s, when neo-expressionism reigned, Wong set forth to depict urban life on the Lower East Side where he then lived. Through his visual diary he built a landscape of stacked bricks, crumbling tenements, constellations and hand signals. His narratives were populated by the neighborhood’s denizens including firemen, the incarcerated, graffiti artists, and families, including his friend and poet, Miguel Piñero. Wong’s works are charged with a multitude of levels that address the artist’s personal, poetic and social concerns, reflecting a sense of compassion and self-identification that still resonates today.

Recently major paintings were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago and Berkley Art Museum. In 2012, his work was included in exhibitions at The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Koln, Germany; and Para-site, Hong Kong, China. In the fall of 2013 a show of "Martin Wong and his Circle" organized by Carlo McCormick will be held at the Museum of the City of New York. A one person traveling exhibition of his work accompanied by the release of a major publication is scheduled to take place at the Bronx Museum, New York, in 2015.

Martin Wong (1946-1999) was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, California. He studied ceramics at Humboldt State University, graduating in 1968. During the '70s he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene, and was involved with the performance art groups The Cockettes and Angels of Light. In 1978 he moved to Manhattan, eventually settling in the Lower East Side, where his attention turned exclusively to painting. Wong died in San Francisco from an AIDS related illness in 1999. The Martin Wong Foundation has been created in his memory.

Wong's work can be found in museum collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Bronx Museum, de Young Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Martin Wong Papers reside at the Fales Library, New York University. He had a one person show Sweet Oblivion at the New Museum in 1998. Opening March 18th the Guggenheim Museum presents a collaborative installation by Danh Vo and Martin Wong entitled I M U U R 2 in conjunction with the Hugo Boss Prize 2012.

Martin Wong