'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
MadeIn Gallery is pleased to present a selection of new artworks by artists DING Li, LU Pingyuan, XU ZHEN®, SHANG Liang and ZHENG Yuan. Developed from digital aesthetics, the works provide a new conception of visual arts and a refreshing perspective on classics from the art history.
DING Li's practice explores the field of painting and proposes a unique visual language through compositions of oil paint and spray paint. Based on the tradition of portraits, his paintings reflect with elaborated brushstrokes the construction of emotions.
LU Pingyuan's practice involves numerous media, including text, installation, video, painting and others. Since 2014, following a dream, Lu committed himself to pursue the Today series by On Kawara. The series of works with the post-mortem dates constitutes a tribute while referring to the act of appropriation. In parallel, paintings from the series Look! I'm Picasso!, inspired by the film 'Toy Story', stands on the border between fiction and reality, the combination between Picasso and Mr. Potato Head alludes to a certain merging between social classes, popular culture and elitist culture.
Considered as an iconic figure in Chinese contemporary art, XU ZHEN®'s practice is committed to probe issues around the pretension of human condition, looking to upset and challenge the assumptions of established order. A new series of sculptures—unveiled for the first time on that occasion—and a painting from the series Light Source fuse digital media and classics from art history to create a new form of aestheticism and angle on media and representation.
Unlike traditional portraits or statues, SHANG Liang's works plays with symbols, patterns and codes. The Hemingway sculpture exposed as a hunting trophy is both figurative and symbolic, revealing a powerful sense of humour and intimacy.
ZHENG Yuan's video work addresses questions about image-based representations that embody the state of contemporary visual culture, history and technology. Through juxtaposition and montage of various kinds of images—classical paintings from art history, TV broadcast of sports events, first-person shooting games, analog signals and digital pixels—Game addresses the questions: how is the world represented by technology, and how are our ways of seeing and thinking reconstructed by the represented world.
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