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,...
For the 2019 Galleries sector (Booth 3C11), Tang Contemporary Art will present a selection of works by major artists from across the gallery's program, such as Zhao Zhao, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Qin Qi and Huang Yongping.
Qin Qi (b.1975) came into prominence after his solo exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art in 2017. He creates work that both negates and advances style and ideas, forging a distinctive path for himself within a new generation of painting. His oeuvre and values always go through fundamental transformations. An expansiveness of vision and a diversity of style have become typical traits of Qin's paintings. Whereas the Fauves were initially inspired by African and South American art, Qin visited areas of Tibet and various Southeast Asian countries to produce his recent body of work. He often uses exaggerated colours to create canvases illustrating ethnic minorities and political figures. Untitled is an oil painting that depicts artist's friend who stayed in a refugee camp in Kokang region in Myanmar helping local households.
Zhao Zhao (b.1982) will be presented with his ongoing series Constellations and One Second. In 2013, the artist decided to conduct an experiment involving gunshots and glass, a difficult undertaking in China where with very few exceptions private ownership of guns is illegal. This resulted in creating a series of oil paintings titled Constellations and depicting the cracking patterns formed by bullet holes on shattered glass. These paintings are reconstructions of what occurred when bullets penetrated glass, creating an image of an unimaginable power, suggestive of events that occurred at the beginning of the universe. From many thousands of delicate brushstrokes there emerge constellations of pulsating forms that startle with their energy. One Second series establish a dialogue about depictions of time. When creating the One Second drawings, the artist held in one hand ten pencils and within one second marked a piece of paper with a grouping of lines. From these spontaneous works, he then went about meticulously translating the hyper-realistic image onto canvas in oil paints.
Selected highlights will also include Zhao Zhao's newly made installation Cat that is part of his latest series In Extremis. The work will be featured in the 2019 edition of Encounters sector (EN11). In Extremis originates in Latin and means 'at the point of death'. It also was the title of Zhao Zhao's solo exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art Beijing in 2018. The idea of the exhibition came to Zhao Zhao after witnessing traces of a dead cat's body spread over the road and flattened into the asphalt by passing vehicles outside his studio. This installation encourages visitors to form their own understanding of human perseverance and examines how various groups of people confront their own mortality, as well as whether mortality can be seen as a connection between memory and detachment. Zhao Zhao will also join Conversations program that runs alongside the show. The Conversations panel will take place on Friday March 29 from 5 to 6:30 pm at the room N101B located on the Level 1 of HKCEC.
The gallery is thrilled to join the upcoming edition of Film sector with Yuan Gong's video Scented Air·The Stroll showing the artist carrying fog-making devices and strolling at documenta 13, Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Berlin's Reichstag building, and the Milan Railway Station among others, attracting public attention, the involvement of the police and media. The work will be featured in the short film program With or Without People and the screening will be held on Thursday March 28 from 4 to 5 pm at HKCEC room N101A.
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