With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.
Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.
Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.
Zhao Gang studied at the State Academy of Fine Art, Maastricht, Holland and graduated from Vassar College and Bard College, New York, with a M.A.Read More
In 1979, 16-year-old Zhao Gang participated in the Stars Art Exhibition which set the tone for Chinese contemporary art. From 1983, Zhao Gang traveled to Europe and the US and settled in New York City for more than ten years. In the 1990s, he suspended his artistic career and worked at Wall Street for seven years. In 2007, Zhao Gang returned to China to his true calling as a painter.
Zhao Gang has a distinctive and contradictory personality. In the late Cultural Revolution era, he was frequently involved with underground painting, literature and poetry groups in Beijing. He discovered the charm of individuality—freedom. This style was integrated into his works, and 'rebellion', 'freedom', 'absurdity' and 'destruction' became long-lasting labels of his paintings. It was this 'destructive' force that drove Zhao Gang's return to artistic creation. Many of Zhao Gang's works are based on Chinese historical experiences in the 60s and 70s, such as revolutionary model operas, battlefields, warlords and the image of ancient Chinese emperors. The painter abstracted the concrete painting to a certain extent, highlighted the visual tension and destructiveness of the picture with extensive brush strokes.
Zhao Gang tried to re-examine ancient paintings and historical issues with his eyes of a modern maverick, and finally reached a reflective state of mind over the changes of times.
Text courtesy Aye Gallery.
On the eve of Art Basel in Hong Kong's private view on Wednesday, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui took to the streets of Central for a paint-splashed performance about the cyclical nature of history. The piece was a tribute to Lee Wen, the pioneering Asian performance artist who died early this month.
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