Shen Wei (b.1968, Cina) is one of the world’s best known artists and choreographers. This world premiere performance and exhibition combine his award winning choreography with a groundbreaking new series of large scale works to be unveiled during Art Basel Miami Beach.
“In Black, White and Gray” is the artist’s first museum exhibition in the U.S. dedicated to a solo series of paintings in collaboration with a site specific performance installation.
Wei, a choreographer, director, dancer, painter, and designer, is internationally-renowned for his cross- cultural, boldly visual movement-based spectacles. He is perhaps best known as the lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which earned acclaim worldwide. The Washington Post has called Wei, “One of the great artists of our time,” and The New York Times proclaimed, “If there is something to write home about in the dance world, it is the startlingly imaginative work of the Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei.”
Born in China’s Hunan province, the son of Chinese opera professionals began his training in painting and calligraphy. Since founding his company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, his work has been a constant dialogue between art and movement, painting and dance. Wei creates dance for the stage with the compositional rigor of a visual artist; he incorporates vivid colors, striking design and imaginative use of space into theatrical, kinetic paintings. Often staging his dances on a grand scale with a high level of production detail, his works are celebrated for their gorgeous visual imagery.
Wei‘s talent has earned him a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Australia’s Helpmann Award, and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader Honor. Most recently, he was honored as Artist of the Year by Audi and GQ and Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. His site-specific works and performances combining the two distinctive platforms have also been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Collezione Maramotti Gallery in Reggio Emilia Italy; the Rockbund Museum of Art in Shanghai, China; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco CA; North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; and Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.