Nina Canell: Reflexology
November 9th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 5-8pm
Nina Canell: “Reflexology” is the first solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Nina Canell (b.1979, Sweden) to take place in China. Set across all three floors of the gallery space, Canell’s characteristically concise sculptural works of found and functional objects explore the often-overlapping networks and natural phenomena that surround us, probing the connections between material objects and immaterial forces. For this exhibition, Canell presents a series of new and recent works, incorporating site-specific elements and objects that have been sourced locally in Shanghai.
Taking the practice of reflexology as her starting point, Canell uses the exhibition format to investigate how the varying meanings of the term might be interpreted through the relationship between the work and its viewer.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
December 1st through 4th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, November 30th
LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce its participation for the first time at Art Basel | Miami Beach. Located at stand N13, the gallery brings a group presentation of three artists; aaajiao, Cui Jie and Liu Shiyuan, each articulating a different vision of their experiences living, working and exhibiting in the city of Shanghai.
ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
Shanghai Exhibition Center, 1376 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai
November 10th through 13th, 2016
Preview Thursday, November 9th
West Bund Art & Design
West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai
November 9th through 13th, 2016
Preview Tuesday, November 8th
Gabriel Lester: The Nine Day Week
November 25th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening November 25th, 6pm
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Cui Jie, Building of Cranes #1, 2014. Oil on canvas. 150 x 110 cm.
November 9th, 2016 through December 8th, 2016
Opening: November 8th, 2016 | 5pm
chi K11 art museum, Shanghai
Level B3, K11 Art Mall, 300 Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Aaajiao and Cui Jie are included in the new edition of the group exhibition “Hack Space” in chi K11 art museum in Shanghai, co-curated by Amira Gad and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and the Serpentine Galleries are pleased to continue their collaboration, which begun with the presentation of the group exhibition HACK SPACE during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, by presenting a new edition of the HACK SPACE exhibition at the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai. The exhibition runs from 9 November to 8 December 2016.
PIXY LIAO, "A Collection of Penises", 2013-present
9 Avenue Hoche, Paris
October 19th through 23th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 19th
LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present “Girls: Portraits, Fantasies and Troubles”, a group exhibition curated for gallery’s second-year participation in Asia Now. The booth includes a selection of photographs, installations, sculptures and videos created by Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, and others, which carefully study individual and collective emotions, experiences and expressions of young female Chinese in their everyday and professional life.
New to the gallery stable, Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Liao attempts to smash the stereotypes of hierarchies in relationship and gender roles by presenting a body of bold and experimental works — “A Collection of Penises” (2013-present) shows a collection of nineteen pink soft fabric models of male genitals in various possible shapes created by the artist’s partner; “Start your day with a good breakfast” (2009) is a selfie of the artist and her partner interacting in explicit and provocative manners. Having studied and lived in Beijing and New York, Copenhagen-based Liu Shiyuan presents a playful sculpture “But My Apple…” (2015) that captures a subtle second-thought on female’s sensibility.
September 24th through October 25th, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, September 24th, 6-8pm.
“Pixy Liao: Venus As A Boy” marks the first solo exhibition of Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Yijun Liao with the gallery, running from September 24th through October 25th, 2016. Having studied photography at University of Memphis and lived in the States for over a decade, Liao is highly influenced by the style of New American Color Photography in her practices, yet spinning off from the critique of “the American dream” to focus on the contemporary lives of Asian immigrants in the western society, presenting portraits and relationship hierarchies of the youth and the minorities with a rare observational wit.
The title of the exhibition is taken from one of the greatest hits of Icelandic musician, singer, and actress Björk Gumundsdottir, in which she questions masculine and feminine gender identities as socially constructed and breaks down the popular conceptions of gender binaries. Sharing a similar objection against the conventional assumptions of gender roles, Pixy Liao uses language of contemporary American photography of deadpan portraits, seemingly unmemorable objects, and staged scenes in her photographic practices to challenge the preconceived notions about characteristics and behaviors of different genders in heterosexual relationships in the Asian American society, throwing tradition out the window in an often humorous effect.
Vitamin P3 – New Perspectives in Painting
Publisher: Phaidon Press, 2016
Hardcover: 352 pages
550 color illustrations
11.38 x 9.88 in
28.9 x 25.1 cm
Since the publication of the first Vitamin P in 2002, painting has continued to evolve and excite, with new generations responding to its historic importance and taking it in unexpected directions. A central pillar of artistic practice, painting also has enduring appeal, dominating the art market. Vitamin P3 takes the conversation forward, spotlighting more than 100 outstanding artists who are engaging with – and pushing the boundaries of – the medium of paint.
For the full article on Cui Jie, please [download pdf]
Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman
October 19th 2016 through January 15th 2017
New Museum, New York
Curated by Helga Christoffersen and Massimiliano Gioni.
Regent’s Park, London
October 6th through 9th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 6th
Titled after Arthur Rimbaud’s eponymous poem, “Le Bateau Ivre (Drunken Boat)” is young Chinese artist Chen Wei’s solo project that features his photographs of various formats and installations across multiple media. A time capsule on China’s disco and relevant youth cultures since the early 1990s onwards, the project outlines the growth of Chen’s generation through artist’s fabricated visual and literal materials which are informed by then British publications like i-D and the Face (once circulated underground in Beijing and Shanghai). Chen explores the mystery of Chinese disco, an apparition in most celebrated films by Jia Zhangke and Lou Ye, but barely made to the discourse of Chinese visual art. An unlicensed institution of Chinese youth cultures and generational concerns, Chen commented.
Take Me (I’m Yours)
September 16th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
Aaajiao presents a new installation in “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Jewish Museum. “Take Me (I’m Yours)” was originally conceived by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995. The New York show is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, the Jewish Museum.
Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
For an Image, Faster Than Light
September 9th through December 18th, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
No.12, HeLe Road, Xingqing District, 750101 Yinchuan, China
The first edition of the Yinchuan Biennale which will open on September 9, 2016 with the participation of 74 artists from 33 countries including China and will culminate on December 18, 2016. The YC Biennale 2016 is contextualizing some of the most important issues confronting the world from the scientific to the spiritual, from the psychic to the philosophical, from the catastrophic to the celebratory.
After reviewing more than fifty portfolios and interviewing more than fifteen artists, the New Museum and the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) have selected Hangzhou-based artist Cheng Ran for a three-month residency in New York City, which will culminate in an exhibition in the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery. Cheng Ran will be working in residence at the Museum’s adjacent 231 Bowery studio space from August to October 2016, with his exhibition opening to the public on October 19. Though his work has been exhibited internationally, the New Museum show will be the artist’s first US solo exhibition and the result of his first visit to the United States.
September 4th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
No.35 Fenggu Road, Shanghai
Elizabeth Neel, Traders and Trade Routes 2, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 180.3 x 195.6 cm
April 23rd through July 20th, 2016
VIP reception Saturday April 23rd,6-8pm
Artists: Chris Huen Sin Kan, Li Qing, Elizabeth Neel, Ken Okiishi, Shahzia Sikander, Taocheng Wang
“Performing Time” is the second curatorial collaboration between Pilar Corrias Gallery (London) and Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai), following a critically acclaimed exhibition in Hong Kong “The Tell-Tale Heart” (2015) where the relationship between narrative and new media was addressed. The new group exhibition otherwise steers its focus to painting as a medium that has recently gained vigor and repertoire from new ways of image-making, data, and performative languages in a world constantly reshaped by digital media. A product of the galleries’ ongoing opinion exchange on the gestural and time-based nature of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting, the show evaluates the boundaries of painting by and through time: How the notion of time in its physical and metaphysical sense has influenced artist’s respective practices.
10 Aug, 2016 through 9 Oct, 2016
Yang Museum, 3rd Floor, Building 14, No.6 Chaoyang Rd, Beijing, CHINA
Chen Wei is included in the photography-centered exhibition Another Landscape at Yang Art Musuem: the exhibition is curated by Jérémie Thircuir and will face the public on the 10th of August, 2016.
Landscape is a wide field providing endless inspiration and potential for artists, albeit one of photography’s most challenging genres.
另一种风景 – Another Landscape highlights the new vocabulary of contemporary photographers working in China, pushing the boundaries of the medium to differentiate themselves from mass image production. The exhibition encompasses both domestic Chinese artists and the group of foreign photographers who produced the Middle Kingdom.
Phase I: Launching on September 4th, 2016
Phase II: April 22nd through July 30th, 2017
Shanghai Himalayas Museum
3rd and 4th Floors, 869 Yinghua Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, China
Aaajiao is invited by Shanghai Project to participate in the exhibition as a researcher, and as one of the seven jury members for the Shanghai Project Open Call, Qidian. Aaajiao’s work, characterized by sci-tech driven imagination and engages directly with Internet sphere, data processing and filtration of information aligns with the project’s futuristic theme, “Envision 2166.”
LIU CHUANG, BBR1 (No1. of Blossom Bud Restrainer), 2015, single channel video, color, sound, 4 min 56 sec
May 4th through August 21st, 2016
Museu Coleção Berardo
Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisbon, Portugal
Liu Chuang’s video “BBR1 (No1. of Blossom Bud Restrainer)” is on view in the exhibition “Matter Fictions” curated Margarida Mendes at Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon.
Recounting a partial history of our relation with matter, this exhibition explores how the crossover between cosmological narratives, the spatial revolutions of concrete poetry, and hypertextual and territorial fictions might have an impact on the recognition of human agency in a time that calls for our action on climate change.
aaajiao: Remnants of an Electronic Past
Opening: Aug 18th 2016, 6-8pm
Aug 19th 2016 through Oct 9th 2016
Gallery 1, Manchester Center for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA)
13 Thomas Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M4 1EU
Aaajiao’s solo exhibition, Remnants of an Electronic Past, opens a series of programme at the Manchester Center for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in celebration of the city’s position as European City of Science 2016. CFCCA’s following programme will explore the boundaries between art and science through the lens of Chinese contemporary art.