Zhongbo Adds a Skyscraper to J.F. Kensett’s Almy’s Pond, Newport, 2009
Oil on canvas, framed email correspondence
19.5 x 23.5 in / 49.5 x 59.7 cm
11.5 x 9 in / 29.2 x 22.9 cm, correspondence
Valla sent two Wushipu artists digital images of two J.F. Kensett’s paintings (c. 1865, 1869). Depicting idyllic ponds in the wealthy enclave of Newport, Rhode Island, the paintings are typical examples of the American sublime landscape genre known as the Hudson River School. Valla asked the artists to copy one of the paintings and to add a building visible from their studio window to the composition.
Here, the paintings are shown alongside framed email correspondence documenting the negotiations between Valla and the artists.