LeRone Wilson, Homage to Ra (Sun), 2016. Encaustic on panel, 36 in. diameter.

“Megacities Asia”


Museum of Fine Arts

The immersive, often interactive installations showcased in “Mega­cities Asia” explored identity amid the masses, sociopolitical issues, and ecological concerns. In a show that mimicked urban sprawl, curators Al Miner and Laura Weinstein examined the successes and failures of Asia’s boomtowns by cherry-picking artists from Beijing, Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, and Shanghai. Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa’s Breathing Flower was sited next to the museum’s Huntington Avenue entrance. The giant, inflated crimson blossom fluttered buoyant in the wind. At bustling Faneuil Hall, Choi’s inflatable Fruit Tree was equally vivid. Interventionist calling cards in the public realm, these works directed attention toward “Megacities Asia,” and the museum offered free admission to anyone showing a selfie with Fruit Tree. The exhibition’s epicenter in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery featured nine installations…see the entire review in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.