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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.

About 张晓刚

張曉剛,1958年出生於雲南省昆明市。十八歲時,張曉剛開始下鄉插隊。文化大革命結束後,他於1977年考入四川美術學院繪畫系油畫專業。1982年畢業並獲學士學位。張曉剛於2007年受聘四川美術學院特聘教授。藝術家現工作和生活於中國北京。 張曉剛的繪畫以個人經歷和記憶為基礎,以敘述性的畫面場景表達人的經驗、故事與情感。他將來自歷史與現實、集體記憶和私人回憶的典型意象重組、並置在一起,將歷史與記憶帶入當下。1995年第46屆威尼斯雙年展期間,張曉剛展出了他的《血緣:大家庭》系列。作品根據中國家庭中常見的老照片進行創作,人物通常身著具有典型毛澤東時代印記的衣服,帶有胎記般的瘢痕,紅色血線喻示著人與人之間的血緣關聯。張曉剛此後的一系列作品延續著這種對於不斷被修正著的記憶的探索。他的《綠牆》系列用綠色油漆牆圍這一中國特殊歷史時期中普遍存在的符號,模糊了私人空間與公共空間的分界,將理想、幻境、聯想和慾望的多重維度交織在一起。張曉剛近期的一些作品採用鋼板材料和絲網印刷的手法,在印有草圖的鋼板上修改,並將自己在創作時產生的大量思想和感受以文字的方式書寫在上面,以個人和當下的敘述來回應歷史與文化的記憶。近期,他也開始了將二維的繪畫平面轉化為三維的雕塑的試驗。

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.

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.