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Marlene Tseng Yu: Nature and Cosmos
September 13-November 24, 2010
Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College
Opening reception, Thursday, Septembver 16, 6-8 pm; lecutre by Donald Kuspit, 7:30 pm

FLUSHNG, NY, August 27, 2010 ― Organized in conjunction with Queens College’s “Year of China,” this 40-year retrospective of brilliantly colored paintings and murals by internation­ally recognized Taiwanese-born artist Marlene Tseng Yu displays the power of nature and the artist’s visionary fusion of traditional Eastern and modern Western form and content.  Recent retrospectives in Beijing and Shanghai, and major exhibitions in Prague, Taipei, and New York, have put Tseng Yu on the map as a contemporary artist of no-little-significance. To date, she has had 64 solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the Far East, which have been reviewed in nine languages in over 170 publications. Her works are included in more than 1000 public and private collections.

From 1969 to 2007, Tseng Yu lived and worked in SoHo; in 2008, she opened a studio in Long Island City. Her rigorous training in classical Chinese art, followed by study and teaching in Colorado in the 1960s, gave her the masterful skill that brought her early recognition. Acclaimed for their calligraphy and free brushwork, her 12 x 36 foot canvases have drawn comparisons with the monumental works of Jackson Pollock and his colleagues, who sought to envisage the sublime. Tseng Yu has achieved this, and her lifelong concern with the paradoxical fragility of the environment has led her and her husband, James, to found the Rainforest Art Founda­tion to showcase like-minded artists, poets, and writers.

Paintings on paper and canvas selected from the many series of her long and prolific career show the artist’s development from figuration in the “Dream” series to abstraction in the “Forces of Nature” series, culminating in the colossal murals for which she is renowned. “Forces of Nature” is a primary, ongoing theme that reveals Tseng Yu’s inspiration in the forms and energies of natural and cosmic phenomena. Overwhelming in their radiance and outsize proportions, these works mirror the staggering beauty and power of nature—abstractly capturing its intensity and diversity, from cascading avalanches to melting glaciers; from the intimate structure of cellular systems to crystals of minerals and ice.


 Blue Crystal

“Marlene is a force of nature herself, truly a  phenomenon,” says Godwin-Ternbach Director and Curator Amy Winter. “We are proud to present these virtuoso creations which reflect the power and flux of nature and the universe. It is as if the artist’s empathy with the very substance of nature and the universe were projected back onto the canvas itself. This exhibition celebrates her meteoric and inexhaustible talent.”

Related programs will include an opening reception where the public can meet the artist; a lecture by Donald Kuspit, art critic and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, SUNY Stony Brook; and a film series related to cultural and environmental issues in the newly industrialized China.

For information about the exhibition and programs call 718.997.4747 or visit .  Exhibition entry and public programs are FREE.

Museum Hours

Mon.–Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Sat. 11 am to 5 pm

The museum’s schedule reflects the college’s academic calendar. It is closed during college recesses and holidays. Call 718.997.4747 to verify dates of current and upcoming exhibitions and events.

Travel Information

By car, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum is 40 minutes from midtown Manhattan.  Directions are at .

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is the only comprehensive collection of art and artifacts in the borough of Queens, housing nearly 4,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times. The mission of the GTM has grown over time from serving as a teaching museum for the benefit of art and art history students to embracing all disciplines and an increasingly diverse and engaged community. All exhibitions are free, as are their related lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours.


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