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张晓刚

Zhang Xiaogang

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Installation view, "Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works," September 7 – October 20, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Zhang Xiaogang.

Zhang Xiaogang Jump No. 1, 2018. oil on paper, collage, 194 x 86 cm © Zhang Xiaogang.

Zhang Xiaogang Jump No. 1, 2018. oil on paper, collage, 194 x 86 cm © Zhang Xiaogang.
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About 张晓刚

张晓刚,1958年出生于云南省昆明市。十八岁时,张晓刚开始下乡插队。文化大革命结束后,他于1977年考入四川美术学院绘画系油画专业。1982年毕业并获学士学位。张晓刚于2007年受聘四川美术学院特聘教授。艺术家现工作和生活于中国北京。 张晓刚的绘画以个人经历和记忆为基础,以叙述性的画面场景表达人的经验、故事与情感。他将来自历史与现实、集体记忆和私人回忆的典型意象重组、并置在一起,将历史与记忆带入当下。1995年第46届威尼斯双年展期间,张晓刚展出了他的《血缘:大家庭》系列。作品根据中国家庭中常见的老照片进行创作,人物通常身着具有典型毛泽东时代印记的衣服,带有胎记般的瘢痕,红色血线喻示着人与人之间的血缘关联。
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Press Release

  • Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works

    New York—Pace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by renowned contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang. Gathering together eleven oil paintings on paper, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s continued use of narrative scenes and portraits, through a lens of constructed memory and imagination, in exploration of the nature of painting, autobiography and emotional sensibility. On view at 537 West 24th Street from September 7 through October 20, 2018, the exhibition is the artist’s sixth show with Pace Gallery worldwide.

    The paintings in the exhibition build on Zhang Xiaogang’s long-held interest in portraiture and narrative imagery with domestic scenes as his primary subject matter. However, in these recent works, a new compositional dynamic has emerged through the figures. In the artist’s earlier figurative portraits, such as the iconic Bloodline – A Big Family series, the subjects are presented in group formations, positioned in the foreground of the canvas. In these new portraits, a powerful weightlessness or instability emerges. The figures drift upon the canvas, balance on precarious wooden stools, and even float within a bathtub of water—projecting a sense of isolation and alienation from their environments.

    With this new series, the artist has introduced collaged compositions into his practice, tearing and layering the paper material into textured works that emphasize the fragmentary nature of memory. The collage technique merges with the act of painting, with the two presenting corresponding executions of both physical and cerebral creation. Both the technical and figurative composition of the works reflect the artist’s broad interrogation of the nature of painting as a physical manifestation of the unconscious and as interpretive of individual and collective memory.

    On the occasion of the exhibition, Pace will publish a full-color catalogue featuring installation images of the show, as well as an essay by Chinese independent curator Cui Cancan.

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News

Join Barbara Pollack for a book signing, discussion, and walkthrough of Zhang Xiaogang: Recent Works, on the occasion of her forthcoming book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise. Tuesday, September 25 6–8 PM 537 West 24th Street New York Seating will be limited. To RSVP, please contact rsvp@pacegallery.com or call 212-750-0840.