Artist R. Lloyd Ming Developing A Movie about the Life of Mao Zedong Called "The Chairman"

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New York-Based conceptual artist R. Lloyd Ming is developing "The Chairman", a Movie about the Life of Controversial Chinese Leader Mao Zedong also known as Mao Tse-tung.

While doing research for his March 2009 solo art exhibit of new sculpture called "I Am Not Chinese", R. Lloyd Ming became fascinated with the story of Chinese Cultural Revolution leader Mao Zedong. Through entertainment and business contacts R. Lloyd Ming looked into the possibility of bringing the story of Mao to the big screen. "I felt that Mao's story was not one that many people around the world knew but should know and that it was a very inspirational yet tragic rags to riches story which many people would connect with on some level," says Ming. "I see 'The Chairman' as an epic movie with the quality and visual impact that Bernardo Bertolucci achieved with 1987's The Last Emperor, about Emperor Pu Yi. Plus, since China has recently overtaken America as an economic superpower, interest in Chinese culture and history has risen."

As the show title of R. Lloyd Ming's art exhibit "I Am Not Chinese" suggests, the focus of the exhibit is China and what R. Lloyd Ming calls the tenuous relationship between China and America. His works address many controversial Chinese issues including censorship and capitalism under communist rule, trade imbalance, human rights, pollution, Tibet, America borrowing money from China, potential US-China military conflict and the deliberate devaluation of the Chinese currency. The show runs from March 3, 2009 to April 3, 2009 at 55 West 74th Street Studio C. New York NY, 10023. The show is by appointment; Telephone: (212)362.3093

About R. Lloyd Ming
R. Lloyd Ming uses photography, video art, installation and sculpture to ask hard questions about society. He is inspired by artists who use found or readymade objects to create their work and Ming typically also works in this way. Notable influences are Marcel Duchamp, Subodh Gupta, Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, Haim Steinbeck, Joseph Cornell, Louise Nevelson and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Ming is particularly influenced by the work of American artist Robert Rauschenberg. Throughout his career Rauschenberg used objects he found on the street to make sculptures he called combines. As a result Ming refers to his sculptures as combines.

R. Lloyd Ming was born in New York City in 1966 and raised in Bermuda; he received a BA in Design in 1990 from The American College for the Applied Arts in London. He Interned at John Galliano in London then painted landscapes in Paris before coming to New York City. His early works in New York were mostly two dimensional decorative wall sculptures made of reflective glass.

Current Exhibition: "I am Not Chinese" - March 3, 2009 to April 3, 2009 at Studio C. - 55 West 74th Street - New York NY, 10023. By appointment, Telephone: (212)362.3093

Upcoming Exhibition: "Black and White Equal Gray not Black" - November 2009, a show of new sculpture addressing race and ethnicity; exact date and venue to be announced.

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CONTACT: Jeff Martin or Lisa Zeng both of R. Lloyd Ming, (212) 362-3093 or info (at) RLloydming (dot) com

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