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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'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...

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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...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

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...

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Lan Zhenghui

b. 1959, China

Lan Zhenghui was born in 1959 in Sichuan, China. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1987, currently he lives and works in Beijing, China and Toronto, Canada.
Lan Zhenghui‘s monumental paintings and striking use of black ink reflect his constant pursuit of expression and feeling. His works are “emotional bursts on paper” characterized by an abstract ink-splash style. Influenced by his background in science, Lan’s aesthetic moves deftly between the realms of the rational and irrational. His brushstrokes are created by systemic body movements, which contribute to the visual and spiritual impact of the works with the swelling of muscle, blood and physical power.
He is an abstract ink brush painter whose style has been termed “heavy ink” by art critic Liu Xiaochun. The description refers both to the large scale of Lan’s works and also reflects the weight of power and spirit within them. Lan puts great emphasis on brush movements, which make his characters come alive. In 2000, he launched a “power brush” movement with some of his fellow artists to promote the natural sense of motion and power in ink brush and oppose contrived methods of expression.

Featured Artworks

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F170 Connection by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF170 Connection, 2014 Ink on Xuan Paper
97 x 180 cm
Galerie du Monde
F68 There be light by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF68 There be light, 2014 Ink on Xuan Paper
124 x 246 cm
Galerie du Monde
F301 Attempt by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF301 Attempt, 2015 Ink on Xuan Paper
211 x 146 cm
Galerie du Monde
F310 Attempt by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF310 Attempt, 2015 Ink on Xuan Paper
125 x 218 cm
Galerie du Monde
F305 Attempt by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF305 Attempt, 2015 Ink on Xuan paper
225 x 146 cm
Galerie du Monde
F333 Attempt by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF333 Attempt, 2015 Ink on Xuan Paper
180 x 97 cm
Galerie du Monde
F315 Attempt by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF315 Attempt, 2015 Ink on Xuan paper
125 x 219 cm
Galerie du Monde
F330 Attempt by Lan Zhenghui contemporary artwork
Lan ZhenghuiF330 Attempt, 2015 Ink on Xuan paper
223 x 147 cm
Galerie du Monde

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Forms of Ink at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Closed
11 July–16 September 2019 Group Exhibition Forms of Ink Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Lan Zhenghui, Lan Zhenghui - Solo Exhibition at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Closed
11 June–31 July 2015 Lan Zhenghui Lan Zhenghui - Solo Exhibition Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

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