Artist Uses American Express Black Cards in Sculpture to Symbolize China's Wealth

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For his solo art exhibit "I Am Not Chinese", New York based artist R. Lloyd Ming created sculptures using The Centurion Card also known as The Black Card an exclusive credit card from American Express.

Nearly three decades ago Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ushered in China's capitalist revolution by declaring that "getting rich is glorious". Although R. Lloyd Ming's new solo art show in March addresses many serious Chinese issues; Xiaoping's words set the tone of the show. To represent China's shift to financial freedom and materialism Ming created sculptures that use the American Express Black Card. The American Express Black Card, officially called the Centurion Card is the most exclusive credit card in the world. To qualify for the card you need to charge $250,000 per year

One of R. Lloyd Ming's works that best illustrates China's capitalist focus is a statue of the late Cultural Revolution leader Mao Zedong standing on a box of Dom Perignon Champagne and in his raised hand is an the American Express Black Card. This is a compelling piece because Mao, a devout communist was famous for establishing a classless, property-less society by destroying wealth and all of its manifestations. R. Lloyd Ming's art show runs from March 3, 2009 to April 3, 2009 at Studio C. - 55 West 74th Street New York NY, 10023. The show is by appointment; Telephone: (212)362.3093.

About The American Express Black Card:
The American Express Black Card, officially called the Centurion Card is the most exclusive credit card in the world. To qualify for the card you need to charge $250,000/yr or more on your American Express card and you need to pay an initiation fee of $5,000 and a $2,500 annual fee to belong. To get one, please visit http://www.blackcardtoday.com/

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.

Current Exhibition: "I am Not Chinese" - March 3, 2009 to April 3, 2009 @ 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.

For more info log on to: http://www.RLloydMing.com

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'Your American Dream Is Now Ours' - http://www.RLloydMing.com/american_dream.jpeg

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

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