Li Songsong’s (b. 1973, Beijing) paintings animate the fragmentary nature of images and memory, paying particular attention to the people, events, and themes of modern and contemporary Chinese history. Although his compositions draw on found imagery—with a range of sources including restaurant advertisements, historical photographs, and movie stills, among others—Li freely reinterprets, alters, or omits visual information to provoke histories and memories. The resulting works eschew narratives, presenting pieces and traces of something rather than a totalizing record of existing information.
Li has been the focus of many publications and international exhibitions, including Li Songsong at the Museo d’Arte Modema di Bologna, Italy (2015), which traveled to Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2016) and Non-Revision at the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2018).
Pace Beijing is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Li Songsong. Consisting of a single work, this will be the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery in China. The internationally-acclaimed artist has taken forays into abstraction and alternative forms before, but never one quite so extreme as this exhibition. With this work, Li Songsong literally inverts his signature impasto oil on aluminum medium, turning the traditional structure inside out. However, instead of dismantling and reconstructing found imagery from historic and often politically charged photographs, the artist has chosen to depict nothing. There is a lack of iconography and an absence of figuration with which viewers must grapple to construct their own experiential meaning. Li Songsong does not provide a readily accessible narrative, as the artist presents the possibility for viewers to discover dimension through other means. The passage of the audience through the exhibit can be seen as an experience of perceptual rebirth, perhaps for the viewers, perhaps for the artist himself. Li Songsong offers us no instructions or commentary, but rather invites us to face the challenge of deriving unique personal meaning from our journey through the exhibition.
Li Songsong was born in Beijing in 1973. He graduated from the Subsidiary School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 and received a B.F.A in oil painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. The artist has been included in numerous international exhibitions at institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; MoMA PS1, New York; the Saatchi Gallery, London; Ullens Center, Beijing; the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; the Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; and the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany. His work was included in Through the Looking Glass, a special project for the 2007 Moscow Biennale. Li Songsong was the recipient of the 2011 Martell Artists of the Year Award. He lives and works in Beijing, China.
Li Songsong's second solo exhibition is on view at Pace Beijing through October 20. The internationally acclaimed image-maker has taken forays into abstraction and alternative forms before, but with this work, Li Songsong literally inverts his signature impasto oil on aluminum medium turning the traditional structure inside out. However, instead of dismantling and reconstructing found imagery from historic and often politically charged photographs, the artist has chosen to depict nothing. Ther
Juicy painting and the big visual statement are both alive and well in China today. If you have any doubt, check out the 11 large-scale oil paintings by Li Songsong now on view, through Aug. 5, at Pace Gallery's 534 West 25th Street location. The show, Li's first U.S. solo, provides American viewers an impressive introduction to the 38-year-old artist, who is well known in the People's Republic for super-thick paint and blocky compositions that seem to waver halfway between their photographic so
This spring, celebrated Chinese artist Li Songsong will be presenting his first solo show in the United States. From May 6 to August 5, his work will be on exhibit at the Pace Gallery’s space at 534 W. 25th St. Photographs are often considered irrefutable records of the past. When these records are altered, how does this then alter one’s perception of preceding events? This is a question that Li has been examining throughout his already highly acclaimed career. By applying impasto painting techn
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