Ding Yi has been making abstract paintings using crosses and grids since the late 1980s. The cross, whether a + or an x with thematic variation, is a motif that the artist has declared a formal mark without meaning, in order to emphasise his rationalist approach to painting. The context of Ding’s work has always been the incredibly fast-paced development of the industrial urban environment in post-socialist China, and the work, whether predominantly black, painted on tartan, or elaborated in intense fluorescent colours, all bear the title Appearance of Crosses with a date. Ding’s practice encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture.Read More
Ding Yi’s work is held in private and public collections internationally including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Daimler Art Collection, Berlin; DSL Collection, Paris; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Long Museum, Shanghai; M+, Hong Kong; and Yuz Museum in Shanghai.
Recent solo exhibitions for the artist include Ding Yi at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (2017), Re-Appearance of Crosses, a retrospective at the Hubei Museum of Art in Wuhan, China (23 April–2 June, 2016), and participation in Art Basel Unlimited (16 June–19 June, 2016).
Text courtesy Timothy Taylor.
Ding Yi's paintings refuse to answer, to limit or be limited. Whether small or vast, their multi-hued fields of crosses map and divide pictorial space, transparent and unguarded, beguiling with pattern. But this is no panacea for interpretation, for anything-goes opinion. Look closely at each painting and you can become familiar with them, with...
Ding Yi is an artist committed to a language of crosses, taking two symbols as his alphabet: 'x' and '+'. From the outset of his career in the mid-1980s, the artist has been associated with and defined by variations of abstract grid works composed of these marks. His first solo show in the United Kingdom at London's Timothy Taylor gallery is a...
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Born, raised and educated in Shanghai, Ding Yi continually draws inspiration from the city's physical and philosophical framework. His works are defined both by a language of 'x's and '+'s as well as by their grid structure, initially reflective of the fluid architectural milieu of late 1980s Shanghai. Ding Yi's tenacious practice operates within...
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