Subject Verb Object
(Wang Xieda solo exhibition)
January 10 – February 9, 2013
James Cohan Gallery (New York)
Wang Xieda’s sculptures range in materialfrom cast bronze to paper pulp. Born in1968 and now a resident of Shanghai, Wanghas spent the past 20 years studying thehistory of Chinese written language, specificallyfocusing on Chinese calligraphy fromthe Fourth Century, the period in which thebrush began being used instead of carvingcharacters on wood, bamboo, or stone. Chinesewriting evolved through the developmentof pictographs (depicting objects) andideographs (representing abstract notions).
Wang celebrates writing styles of Chinesecharacters through depicting them with Western sculpture techniques.
Yue Minjun, L’Ombre du fou rire
November 14, 2012 – March 17, 2013
Foundation Cartier for Contemporary Art (Paris)
Yue Minjun is one of China’s most representative and famous contemporaryartists. His paintings of laughing figures have become iconicimages in contemporary Chinese art as well as embodiments of the spiritof today’s Chinese people. Featuring nearly 40 paintings gathered fromcollections around the world, the exhibition also displays a wide array ofdrawings that have never before been publicly displayed.
Tian Wei & Qiu Jie – Joint Exhibition
December 22, 2012 – February 16, 2013
The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai
Though their perspectives and styles contrast each other, Chineseartists Tian Wei and Qiu Jie, who have lived overseas for anextended period, reveal similarly profound insight in their work.Tian Wei started learning calligraphy at a young age. After livingin America for so many years, he combined oil painting and ink bydrawing Western words with techniques of Chinese calligraphy. QiuJie endeavors to string together idea fragments such as an individualdream, a past memory and a live object. All of these make his workrealistic yet surrealistic at the same time.