I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
We are pleased to announce that this year, Galerie Urs Meile will take part in the West Bund Art & Design Fair Shanghai for the fourth time. We will present new works from Mirko Baselgia, Cao Yu, Chen Fei, Hu Qingyan, Ju Ting, Li Gang, Qiu Shihua, Tobias Rehberger, Shao Fan, Rebekka Steiger, Wang Xingwei, Xie Nanxing, Yang Mushi and Zhang Xuerui.
We will present the new work by Hu Qingyan (*1982 in Shandong) Nonfunctional Object II (2018, jinsi nanmu wood, white marble, granite, 69 x 50 x 35 cm). The sculpture is a combination of a found tree root whose appearance has inspired the artist to further apply marble and granite pieces in order to produce a new work of sculptural art. The random and accidental factors as well as the artist’s minimalist intervention are ultimately hidden beneath the harmony and simplicity that emanates from the work. Galerie Urs Meile Beijing will open Hu Qingyuan’s solo show, Absent & Superfluous, on November 3. A main emphasis of the exhibition lies in Hu’s boundary-pushing exploration of the medium of sculpture, and, more broadly, of artistic conventions and the act of making art.
Shao Fan’s (Courtesy name: Yu Han, *1964 in Beijing) first European retrospective YOU at the Ludwig Museum (Koblenz) provided a comprehensive overview of over 30 years of Shao Fan’s artistic practice. The exhibition will now travel to the Suzhou Museum (Jiangsu, China), where it will open on November 9 at 4pm. At our booth in Shanghai we will show his latest ink work Rabbit Portrait – Wuxu 2 (2018, ink on silk, 300 x 175 cm).
Also on view will be the new painting by Wang Xingwei (*1969 in Shenyang), The Encounter of Life (2018, oil on canvas, 240 x 200 cm). The work highlights the artist’s symbolic surreal and humorous style of plot design, while reflecting his recent efforts regarding form, sense of movement and simplification.
Another important work is Xie Nanxing’s (*1970 in Chongqing) triptych What to Paint (2017, oil on canvas, 3 x 80 x 110 cm), which originated with installation sketches. While working on the installation sketches, the artist saw a figure that reminded him of a female head. Out of this imagination emerged the first painting. The other two paintings, which complete the triptych, symbolise his artistic development, and differ in terms of colour, shape, technique and brushwork. This series is connected to the design sketch series from 2010–2011 showing different interior spaces reflecting the artist’s interest in the adaptation of personal and historical symbols, and in the associations to be found in innocuous images. We look forward to your visit to our current and future exhibitions at the Galerie Urs Meile in Lucerne and Beijing, as well as the solo exhibition in Suzhou Museum.
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