The world is yours, as well as ours
A group exhibition that explores modes of abstraction in recent Chinese paintings.
The history of abstraction in the West charts a clear trajectory, beginning with the advent of Modernism in the early part of the 20th century and the work of artists such as Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. In China, however, abstraction is simply one of the many parallel styles available to contemporary Chinese artists – considered neither in opposition to, nor independent of an alternative figurative form of practice. The language of abstraction in China developed independently, through diverse influences including traditional calligraphic aesthetics, Taoist philosophy and as a challenge to dominant forms of painting promoted during the Cultural Revolution. An appreciation of abstract forms is deeply embedded in Taoist thought, while the arrangements of calligraphy, arguably the most abstract of traditional Chinese painting styles has, in part, shaped the discourse around contemporary abstraction. This exhibition draws together paintings by nine Chinese artists whose work, in different ways, contributes to this rich dialogue.
I particularly liked the work of Yu Youhan, large scale black and white marks on canvas, freeflowing and energetic with dripping black ink lines that together form lines and moving circles. See above and to follow:
I also liked the work of Qian Jiahua. Flat, angled blocks of colour joined by fine lines almost as if they are tied together.
Another beautiful work was this, a mix of paint and cut paper. Free form and very elegant…light of touch:
Quite amazing work by Liu Wentao in their control and precision of line. I wonder if the soul of the painting is taken out by the exactitude of the work.