Chinese Peasant Artists of Huxian and Jinshan at the Harlow

A collection of Chinese peasant art will be shown at the Harlow.

Beginning in the 1950s, encouraged by the populist vision of Mao Zedong, Chinese peasants began to create colorful, imaginative, deceptively simple, and yet remarkably sophisticated art.

These Chinese peasants’ art became internationally famous in the 1980s, leading to the creation of more than 50 schools of such artists throughout China. The two most famous of these art schools are in Huxian (outside of Xi’an) and Jinshan (in rural Shanghai).

For 20 years, curators Ann Arbor and John Rosenwald have been working with these Chinese artists — photographing them, collecting their work, and arranging exhibitions of their art. 

The Harlow is excited to bring Arbor and Rosenwald’s impressive collection to our gallery in November 2021.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 5. The show runs through Nov. 27. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The Harlow is at 100 Water St., Hallowell. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, email info@harlowgallery.org, call 207-622-3813, or follow the Harlow @the.harlow and @harlow.craft.shop.

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