Eques (detail), 2014. Leather, metal, and porcelain, 92 x 132 x 72 in.

Anne Chu: Making Sense of Cultural Chaos

Anne Chu is a mid-career, New York-based sculptor and painter whose work reflects many years of familiarity with the city’s art museums. Her parents came from China—her father was a mathematics professor at Columbia University—yet she does not identify closely with Chinese culture. Instead, her sculptures reflect a thorough knowledge of world art, much of it coming from Western sources, the result of years of gallery and museum going. Chu’s highly informed involvement in art history has resulted in a singular vision. Her quietly glorious sculptures, which place a contemporary sensibility in genuine dialogue with the past, have an ad hoc, but never excessively informal, sense of the present. Chu grew up in New York City. When she was in middle school, her family moved to Westchester County, north of the city. She graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1982 and received an MFA from Columbia University in 1985 …see the entire article in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.