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Qin Feng exhibit has been extended through April 26 (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
14 Jay St. between Hudson & Greenwich Sts.
Extended through April 26, free

Originally scheduled to run March 17-26 in conjunction with Asian Contemporary Art Week, “Qin Feng: Desire Landscape” has been extended through April 26 at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, so there are still a few days left to see this beautiful show by the Xinjiang-born Chinese artist. Utilizing calligraphic imagery with bold, expressive brushstrokes, Qin creates stunning unframed canvases that the gallery has hung on the walls using magnets, giving them a more inviting and personal atmosphere, welcoming visitors into their abstract wonder. Based in Beijing and Boston (where his wife is a professor and he was recently included in the Museum of Fine Arts group show “Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition”), the fifty-year-old Qin calls these works “Desire Landscapes,” ranging from circular and rectangular pieces, some in pairs and trios, to a breathtaking large-scale scroll-like painting that unfurls right by the front entrance, guiding visitors into the uniquely carved-out space. In addition, “Ode to Life — Memory of Fathers” features a long row of exquisitely painted fans arranged on a table above which hang a series of rather mundane framed works on paper that are the show’s only weak point. After experiencing “Desire Landscape,” you’ll be desiring to see more from this extremely talented artist.

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