It was an art lovers’ dream to meet British artist Gordon Cheung on December 8, 2017, when he attended the opening night reception at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens for his exhibition Gordon Cheung: New Order Vanitas, now on display through February 4, 2018.
The evening included courtyard cocktails and an array of delicacies while guests mingled with Cheung and other ANSG loyal supporters. Cheung has created a remarkable body of paintings and prints known collectively as Breaking Tulips. These visually stunning works were inspired by the masterpiece paintings of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish flower painters such as Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606-1684).
According to Cheung, his art captures the vacillations between the virtual and actual realities of a globalized world, fluctuating between utopia and dystopia. While the artist uses a variety of media, all 24 of the works on display at ANSG are archival inkjet prints from his most recent series entitled New Order Vanitas.
“We are delighted to have Gordon Cheung here this evening to introduce New Order Vanitas to Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens,” said Dr. Roger Ward, President and CEO of ANSG. “Cheung’s work caught the attention of our Art Committee last year when they visited Art Basel Miami Beach. His colorful floral pieces can be shown to great advantage in the interiors of the Norton house, and aesthetically they stand in sharp contrast to the purposefully monochromatic nature of Ann Norton’s gardens. We thank Mr. Cheung for being here this evening and look forward to a wonderful exhibition, with many pieces shown in West Palm Beach for the first time.”
Cheung graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2001. His work has been exhibited in The British Art Show 6 and The John Moores Painting 24. His solo shows include The Promised Land at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at The New Art Gallery in Walsall (UK). Cheung’s first US solo museum exhibition was at the Arizona State University Art Museum in 2010. His works are in international collections including the Hirshhorn Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, ASU Art Museum, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Knoxville Art Museum, Hiscox Collection, Progressive Arts Collection, UBS Collection and the Gottesman Collection.
Christine Ayward is chairing the exhibition’s Host Committee which also includes Jodi Luntz, Soﬁa Vollmer de Maduro, Nancy Ellison Rollnick, Sally Soter and, Mieke van Waveren.
While visiting Gordon Cheung: New Order Vanitas, guests can also have lunch in Norton’s own courtyard with service provided by Ann Norton Al Fresco by Christina’s Catering. With menu pricing from $6 for a variety of soups and desserts to $12 for an assortment of salads and grilled panini, guests can also have wine or beer with their lunch. The menu is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on those days the house and gardens are open to the public, Wednesday through Sunday, weather permitting.
The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, established in 1977 by Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982) to preserve the Historically Registered house and surrounding gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the artist lived from 1948 until 1982. The rare palm and cycad gardens, Norton’s monumental sculptures, exhibition galleries and studio offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the sculptor’s holistic vision in its original setting.
Located at 2051 S. Flagler Drive at Barcelona Rd. in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach, ANSG is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normal admission is free for members, $15 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students, and children under five are free. Gallery and garden exhibition talks are available on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Gardens are also available for private events and are closed on major holidays. For more information, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.