Art December, 9 2009

Martin Wong “Everything Must Go”

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Curated by Adam Putnam, Everything Must Go exhibits a selection of works by Martin Wong. Born in Portland, Oregon, Wong moved to New York in 1978. Trained as a painter, Wong eventually turned to painting, wondering the streets of Lower Manhattan for inspiration. As an artist, Wong gravitated toward the frayed edges of the city. He died of AIDs related illness in 1999.

Putnam’s picks from the artist’s estate are indicative of his takes on urban New York. Everything Must Go runs from December 10 to January 31, 2010 at P.P.O.W. (511 W. 25th Street, Room 301, New York, NY) and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog.

Sample paintings by Wong follow.