Born in 1972 in Amsterdam, Gabriel Lester is a representative figure among a young generation of European artists active on the international scene. Lester works across various disciplines including cinema, music, performance, installation, sculpture and architecture. Atmospheric and perceptual, many of Lester’s works evolve around the very nature of the media of our time. He transforms the space and time by meticulously altering the media and forms. Strongly inspired by cinema, Lester’s works challenge the reality of perception and draw on collective imagination through his dramatic theatrical illusions.
Gabriel Lester held solo shows at Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius (2016), de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2016), Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai (2014), Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011), the Bloomberg Space, London (2007), and Centre d’Art Neuchâtel (2001). He has also exhibited at many major museums and biennales, for instance, 19th Biennale of Sydney (Sydney), Sifang Art Museum (Nanjing), Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin), Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Gemeentemuseum (Den Haag), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Performa 09 (New York), Artists Space (New York), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Busan Biennial (Busan), Baltic Triennal, PS1 (New York), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), World Expo (Hannover), etc.
Lester’s work has been placed in many prestigious collections like Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Stedelijk Museum, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, MUDAM, Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Rabobank Art Collection, 21CMuseum, Louisville, United States. Lester collaborates with Rem Koolhaas/OMA and an interdisciplinary team on an architectural project at United Nations’ New York Headquarter. In 2012 Lester participated in the dOCUMENTA (13). He was also shortlisted for the 2013 Absolut Art Award.
ARTFORUM, “Gabriel Lester DE APPEL ARTS CENTRE”, by Huib Haye van der Werf, October, 2016 [download pdf]
Leap, “Gabriel Lester: The Ears Have Walls”, by Lu Jing, Issue 151, April, 2014 [download pdf]
Blouin Artinfo, “Juliana Engberg’s Bold, Triumphant Sydney Biennale”, by Nicholas Forrest, March, 2014 [download pdf]
Oriental Morning Post, “All Walls in the World is from the Same Family”, by Zheng Yijing, March, 2014 [download pdf]
Shanghai Weekly, “Gabriel Lester – The Wandering Dutch”, by Yang Yang, March, 2014 [download pdf]
Art Papers, “Review of Venice biennale”, by Fatos Ostek, October, 2013 [download pdf]
Artforum, “Now You See It”, by Claire Bishop, Issue 52, July, 2013 [download pdf]
Art Review, “Momentum 7 Various venues, Moss 22 June – 29 September”, by Jacquelyn Davies, October, 2013 [download pdf]
Frieze Blog, “55th Venice Biennale: Afterthoughts”, by Dan Fox, June, 2013 [download pdf]
This Is Tomorrow, “Venice Biennale 2013: oO”, by Francesca Cavil, June, 2013 [download pdf]
Uncube, “Venice: The Ad-Hoc & The Kamikaze”, by Elvia Wilk, June, 2013 [download pdf]
Artforum, “Sharjah Biennial 11″, by Claire Bishop, May, 2013 [download pdf]
Frieze, “Sharjah Biennale 11″, by Jennifer Higgie, Issue 156, May, 2013 [download pdf]
Art Agenda, “Re: Emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography”, by Antonila Alampi, Sharjah Biennial, March, 2013 [download pdf]
Fortune Generation, “Dancing with the Space”, by Ren Chenglu, Issue 18, January, 2013 [download pdf]
Hi Art, “Cinema without Films”, by Jing Zhu, Issue 1 & 2, 2013 [download pdf]
Global Times, “Viva Roxy”, by Sun Shuangjie, December, 2012 [download pdf]
Time Out Shanghai, “Unmaking Movies”, edited by Sam Gaskin, December, 2012 [download pdf]
The Wall Street Journal, “A Party, Every Five Years, for 750,000 Guests”, by Kelly Crow, June, 2012 [download pdf]
Frieze, “Ideal Syllabus: Gabriel Lester”, Issue 140, June – August, 2011 [download pdf]
Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence
March 18th through April 30th, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, March 17th, 6-8pm
David Kordansky Gallery and Leo Xu Projects are pleased to present “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, a collaborative group exhibition held at Leo Xu Projects, Lane 49, Building 3, Fuxing Xi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai. The show will be on view from March 18 until April 30, 2017. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 17 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Featuring artists from both of the galleries’ programs, Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence will examine how a wide and heterogeneous array of aesthetic positions can reflect, refract, and bear witness to an uncertain state of global affairs. The exhibition will include work by Kathryn Andrews, Andrea Büttner, Chen Wei, Heman Chong, Sam Gilliam, Zach Harris, Evan Holloway, Rashid Johnson, Gabriel Lester, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan, Pixy Liao, Jonas Lund, Tala Madani, Chris Martin, Torbjørn Rødland, Sissel Tolaas, Tom of Finland, Wei Jia, Ming Wong, and Betty Woodman.
Li Qing, "Window · The Sea in the Museum", 2016-2017
Frieze New York
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
May 5th through 7th, 2017
Preview: Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Located at booth B23, the gallery will be exhibiting a solo presentation of Shanghai-based artist Li Qing, who was recently shortlisted for the sixth edition of Prix Jean-Francois Prat (2017), a prestigious international contemporary art prize mainly focuses on painting. Details »
Leo Xu Projects and Art Project CZ co-presents
Group Exhibition: City of Stars
April 19th through June 19th, 2017
MINGO No. 1690 Huaihai Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
The collaborative group exhibition “City of Stars” between Leo Xu Projects and Art Project CZ runs from April 19th to June 19th, 2017. The exhibition aims to capture the nightlife and living experience in the former French concession area in Shanghai, and to project a broader encapsulation of the Chinese youth’s status quo. Artists on view include aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Li Qing and Liu Shiyuan.
Shanghai Project Chapter 2 Envision 2116
Exhibition: “Seeds of Time”
April 22 – July 30, 2017 Venues: Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Envision Pavilion, Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum
Artists aaajiao and Liu Chuang are invited by Shanghai Project to participate in the exhibition’s second chapter as researchers. Curated by Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Shanghai Project Chapter 2 exhibition ”Seeds of Time” will be inaugurated on April 22, 2017. Taking its title from the documentary of the same name, which shares the project’s call for action regarding the climate situation, the exhibition seeks to explore sustainability so as to better understand possible solutions for urgent environmental and social problems.
Past Skin April 6 – September 10, 2017 MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens Long Island City, NY 11101
Cui Jie will participate in the group exhibition “Past Skin” at MoMA PS1, New York, running from April 6 to September 10, 2017. In today’s technological environment, we can style, extend, and broadcast ourselves at will, projecting into digital realms that in turn shape us. The six artists in ”Past Skin” take up science historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway’s provocation, “Why should our body end at the skin?,” testing the growing porosity between our bodies and habitats in a contemporary world where virtuality is ubiquitous and surreality is increasingly normalized. As much as we exert influence on our bodies and surroundings, the technologies that enable this influence also influence us.Details »
CHEN WEI: The Club March 24 – May 7, 2017 Opening: Thursday 23 March, 6–8pm Centre for Contemporary Photography 404 George St, Fitzroy Melbourne, Victoria 3065 Australia
Titled “The Club”, Chen Wei’s first institutional solo exhibition in Australia is to open on March 23, 2017 and runs until May 7 at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
Beijing-based artist Chen Wei’s practice actively blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction through the construction of carefully staged scenes and handcrafted objects. The Club – his first solo exhibition in a public institution in Australia – comprises a series of photographs and installations that fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture. Chen has meticulously recreated the architecture, interiors and culture of nightclubs to celebrate this previously undocumented subculture and to provide a commentary on wider social changes that have been taking place in China.
The New Normal：Art and China in 2017 March 19–July 9, 2017 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 798 Art District No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District 100015 Beijing, China
What is the place of art in China today? Or rather, in a world where the underpinnings of the post-World War II consensus have come suddenly loose, a world whose most prosperous corners find themselves in thrall to sectarian populism, a world increasingly unable to deny the changes wrought to its ecosystem by the last hundred years of human emissions, and a world in which, despite it all, China continues to grow in output and influence, what is to be done?
Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
December 12th, 2016 through March 29th, 2017
Gabriel Lester is featured among 97 artists who have been invited to create new works in this year’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the largest contemporary art biennial in South Asia. Curated by the eminent Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Biennale is titled Forming in the Pupil of an Eye. The Biennale will run from December 12, 2016 until March 29, 2017. Details »
Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother?
February 11th, 2017 through April 23rd, 2017
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
He An’s neon light installation, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother?, will be presented on the northern façade of ACCA’s iconic architecture as a keynote public project for Asia TOPA, comprised of Chinese characters gleaned from shopfronts and various sites throughout the city of Beijing, telling a dark story about love, desire and power in.
Drawn from popular news stories and online social media, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother? combines found texts to create a narrative poem that relays the experience of marginalized labour workers, popular Chinese novels, the sex industry and criminal underground networks in Chinese society. Details »
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. Details »
Jewish Museum 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. Details »
Times Heterotopia Trilogy III: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away Guangdong Times Museum January 8th through February 19th, 2017 Opening: January 7th, 2017
Liu Chuang is featured in the group exhibition “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away” at Guangdong Times Museum. The exhibition is curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and will run from January 8th through February 19th, 2017.
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.
Art Basel Miami Beach Stand N13 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. Details »
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.