February 18, 2018 - UCCA, Beijing - Xie Nanxing: Spices
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February 18, 2018

UCCA, Beijing

Xie Nanxing, Spice No.3, 2016. Oil on canvas, 300 x 220 cm.

Xie Nanxing: Spices
March 17–May 27, 2018

UCCA, Beijing
798 Art District
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 Beijing
China
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–7pm

T +86 10 5780 0200

www.ucca.org.cn
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Xie Nanxing: Spices
March 17–May 27, 2018

UCCA, Beijing
798 Art District
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 Beijing
China
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–7pm

T +86 10 5780 0200

www.ucca.org.cn
Facebook / Instagram

Xie Nanxing: Spices presents a new series of seven major oil paintings created in the last two years, reflecting a shift in the artist’s thinking away from his earlier attempts to mediate between realism and conceptualism, in favor of a more objective search for the roots of his artistic practice. In these works, common tropes and references from Western art history and techniques developed by old masters are deftly handled, obliquely or ambiguously brought onto the canvas. The enlightenment narrative that has undergirded contemporary painting in China throughout the past several decades of rapid development is expressed here as the confusion and complexity that lies between two vastly different visual and historical contexts. This exhibition is less a summary or an argument than a timely corrective: Xie Nanxing views his own stubborn “misreadings” of the Western classical tradition in the same vein as Columbus mistaking the tree bark he found in the Americas for Indian spices. The exhibition will also include sketches and supplementary materials that elucidate Xie’s creative trajectory.

Xie Nanxing (b. 1970, Chongqing, lives and works in Beijing and Chengdu) has been widely exhibited since 1999. Selected solo exhibitions include untitled: 3 × (Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, 2016); and Xie Nanxing Paintings (Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, 2005). Group exhibitions include: The Latch (C-Space+Local, Beijing, 2017); China 8 (Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, 2015); New Works #1 (OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, 2014); and Our Future: The Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection (UCCA, Beijing, 2008). Xie’s work has also been shown in major periodic exhibitions including Documenta XII (Kassel, 2007); and the 48th Venice Biennale (1999).

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