Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, New York
November 21st through 24th, 2013

The New York premiere of Gabriel Lester’s performance “Super-Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” is included in Performa 2013. “Super-Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” a fragmented and atmospheric exploration of the powerful narrative qualities of light and sound. On stage, a precise and methodical installation of objects and colored lights will invite the audience to a highly evocative theater play that involves no actors. Lester’s 20-minute performance will provide a dreamscape for the subconscious with sophisticated variations of tensions, suspense, and drama. “Super-Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” is a Performa Project curated by Defne Ayas.

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October 12th through November 17th, 2013

VIP reception: Saturday October 12th, 6-8pm

Artists: aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran,Heman Chong, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Guo Hongwei, Li Ran, Michael Lin, Henrik Olesen, Qiu Anxiong, Wang Taocheng, Werker Magazine (Marc Roig Blesa & Rogier Delfos), Ming Wong and Zhao Zhao.

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present group exhibition “Reading”, featuring a selection of works from aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Heman Chong, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Guo Hongwei, Zhao Zhao and Michael Lin among others. The show runs from September 9th through to November 27th.

Taking over both the gallery space and the Bund’s Le Space, the exhibition surveys the act of ‘reading’, exploring its role in history, in modern times as well as in present day. Throughout the development of mankind and human civilization, we have relied and depended on reading to gain, gather or communicate knowledge and information for all disciplines; for example, Chinese literati scholars required poetry to be shared through reading before it was considered a complete work, and reading became a means not only to express oneself but to understand others. Whether it be reading nature, reading the stars, reading technology, reading literature, reading performance, or reading art, the manner of reading has been vital not only for individuals, but for vital understanding of the people, objects, disciplines both closely and far away. Using this prompt, this exhibition displays the manifestations of reading in the selected artists’ practices, demonstrating the varieties of definitions and approaches to ‘Reading’.
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October 5th, 2013 through March 16th, 2014
Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

A commissioned new work and a selection of previous installations by Beijing-based He An will be on view in 2013 Carnegie International that runs from October 5th, 2013 through March 16th, 2014, with an opening celebration on Friday October 4.

Inaugurated in 1896, the Carnegie International is the longest-running international survey of contemporary art at any museum. The upcoming edition will feature Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl, Phyllida Barlow, Yael Bartana, Sadie Benning, Bidoun Library, The Collection, Nicole Eisenman, Lara Favaretto, Vincent Fecteau, Rodney Graham, Guo Fengyi, Wade Guyton, Rokni Haerizadeh, He An, Amar Kanwar, Dinh Q. Lê, Mark Leckey, Pierre Leguillon, Sarah Lucas, Tobias Madison, Zanele Muholi, Paulina Olowska, The Playground Project, Pedro Reyes, Kamran Shirdel, Gabriel Sierra, Taryn Simon, Frances Stark, Joel Sternfeld, Mladen Stilinović, Zoe Strauss, Henry Taylor, Tezuka Architects, Transformazium, Erika Verzutti, and Joseph Yoakum.

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GABRIEL LESTER, "Cousin", 2013, installation view.

June 1st through September 15th, 2013
Opening:May 30th, 2013, 5-8pm
Palasport “Giobatta Gianquinto” (Palasport Arsenale)
Calle San Biagio 2132 Castello — Venezia

A winner of Special mentions for National Participations of the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, Oo is the pavilion that brings together two countries: Cyprus and Lithuania. Curated by Raimundas Malašauskas, the twin pavilions feature artists Liudvikas Buklys, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Jason Dodge, Lia Haraki, Maria Hassabi, Phanos Kyriacou, Myriam Lefkowitz, Gabriel Lester, Elena Narbutaitė, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Algirdas Šeškus, Dexter Sinister, Constantinos Taliotis, Kazys Varnelis, Natalie Yiaxi, and Vytautė Žilinskaitė.

Oo is a slightly asymmetric structure conveying uneven, yet mutually open elements; slinging in a movement of a constant twist between the two (at least), suspicious of one, entailed by organizational surfing. Drawing on interest in forms of organization rather than organization of forms, it floats like life and plankton.
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Photo: Tangrama.

National Salon of Artists: Saber Desconocer (To Know Not to Know)
September 6th through November 3rd, 2013
Medellín, Colombia

First held in 1940, Colombia’s longest-running and best-known platform for contemporary art, the National Salon of Artists, presents its 43rd edition (SNA43) in the city of Medellín from Friday, September 6 to November 3, 2013.

Saber Desconocer (To Know Not To Know) features approximately 100 installations, sculptures, videos, audio works, photographs and paintings by as many artists from throughout Latin America and abroad.

All the featured work will be explored through the lens of two themes: saber, the importance of tradition, territory, and knowledge developed in one place; and desconocer, the need to escape from place and the quest for the unknown.
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CHEN WEI, "Cross the Dance Hall", 2013, Light box

Variations On An Icon
September 10th through 30th, 2013
K11 Art Mall
300 Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai

Chen Wei, together with two other young Chinese artists aaajiao and Hu Yun, are commissioned by Max Mara to produce works that reflect the ideas behind the coat 101801. The new works will be on view in a special presentation titled “Variations on An Icon”.
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The symposium “Transcultural Visualities – Global Asian Art” presents an international inter-institutional effort to think through the space of Asian art within a global framework.

Part of a multi-year program taking place in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Wollongong, Washington, and New York, this symposium is part of a series workshops, studio visits, and other forms of engagement with art theory and practices that pertain to transculturalism, identity, memory, and place. With participation by an international roster of scholars, curators, artists, and other art professionals, ‘Transcultural Visualities – Global Asian Art’ engages the art community and the wider public through the lens of the discourse and artistic production that comes under the rubric of Asian art on a global level.

Co-convened by Alexandra Chang and Francesca Tarocco, the symposium is presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU in Shanghai, with participants including Zheng Bo, Mathieu Borysevicz, Dean Chan, Alexandra Chang, CYJO, Dipti Desai, Simon Kirby, Jacqueline Lo, Tom Looser, Mark Johnson, Oscar Ho, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Arthur Solway, Francesca Tarocco, Frank Vigneron, Leo Xu, Jian-Jun Zhang, and many others.
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Cheng Ran: Video Bureau

May 31st, 2013
Ground floor, 12,Yile Yixiang, Yile Road, Haizhu District
Guangzhou (the backyard of Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art), China

Video Bureau is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a platform to exhibit, organize and archive video art. The mission of Video Bureau is to collect and organize artworks of video artists in order to build a video archive that welcomes research and viewing. As an institute opens to the public, every month Video Bureau features one artist’s video works, and hosts related events.
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May 23th through 26th, 2013
Hall 1, Booth C56. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
1 Harbour Rd, Hong Kong

For its participation in the first edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, LEO XU PROJECTS premieres a new photography-based project by Beijing-based young artist Chen Wei.

This new project includes an ongoing series of photographs Chen Wei initiated three years ago on a research in the youth cultures—that related to the music and life-style in particular—in Mainland China.

Continuing his exploration in possibilities of photography by breathing in elements from other disciplines as theatre, cinema, still-life painting, etc, Chen Wei has been producing a new body of works that is set primarily in club dance-floor and locations of parties—places and activities have barely been the subjects of Contemporary Chinese art. Starting with photographing an unlikely moment or some theatrically charged occasions in such cultures, Chen has been furthering his study and work to reveal the internal world of young Chinese who grow through the post-89 decades, say, the 1990s and early 2000, and who lived upon the imported and pirate cultural products as their resource of art and recreation, for instance, pirate music cassettes, CDs, DVDs, illegally translated literature and art publications.
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fair | FRIEZE NEW YORK 2013

Frieze New York
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
Booth B28

May 10th through 13th, 2013
Professional view May 9th, 2-9pm

LEO XU PROJECTS is proud to announce our participation in Frieze New York at Randall’s Island, running from May 10th through 13th, 2013. At booth B28, we will be presenting Beijing-based artist Liu Chuang’ssolo show. It features a selection of his recent works that explore the cultures of the Shenzhen and Guangdong region that are shaped by a large population of migrant workers.

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything On You", 2006-present, found objects, dimension variable

Liu Chuang’s work integrates social intervention with institutional critique to examine China’s immediate realities, particularly the Shanzhai—the phenomenon of piracy and plagiarism in mass manufacturing and culture. Working across disciplines from video, installation, architecture to performance, Liu uses banal ready-mades and intervention techniques with a subtle, wry sensibility and an awareness of absurdity.
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GUO HONGWE, "Untitled (Perfect Lovers), 1991", 2013, Collage on paper, 44 x 63.4 cm

April 25th through July 15th, 2013


Dates: March 1st through April 10th, 2013

Venue: chi K11 Art Space, B3, K11 Art Mall
300 Huahai Zhong Road, by Huangpi Nan Road

Artists: Aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Birdhead, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Ding Yi, Gao Mingyan, Gabriel Lester, Liang Yue, Liao Fei, MadeIn Company, Michael Lin, Liu Jianhua, MadeIn Company, Qiu Anxiong, Shi Yong, Song Tao, Xiao Jiang, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhang Enli, Zhou Tiehai

‘Shanghai Surprise’ is a 1986 British adventure comedy film directed by Jim Goddard, starring Sean Penn and Madonna, that is set in 1937 Shanghai during the Japanese occupation. Although the film was a notorious “box-office bomb” and “critical flop,” it nevertheless was able to retain a remote sense of glamour among the wider public. The title has been hailed as an inspiration and is often quoted by writers and artists when portraying Shanghai.

‘Shanghai Surprise’ is a project curated by Shanghai-based Leo Xu and Azure Wu who have experienced the city’s metamorphosis from 2000 to present. During this period both Leo Xu and Azure Wu worked as curators in local museums and more recently have held positions such as curator, art dealer, writer and editor. Inspired by the film’s title, this eponymous project is envisioned as a time and space capsule as opposed to an encyclopedic gesture. Its development is based on minute notes from the curatorial sketchbooks of Xu and Wu, which represent the forgotten and unforgettable moments in Shanghai’s contemporary art sphere that continually produces new ideas and surprises.

‘Shanghai Surprise’ comprises of two parts: a group exhibition featuring works by defining artists, young Chinese and expat authors who possess strong ties to Shanghai-geographically or culturally; and a mobile library that captures Shanghai’s transforming cultural landscape.

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MICHAEL LIN, "Model Home", 2012

May 10th until August 11th, 2013

Curated by Hou Hanru, The 5th Auckland Triennial is titled “If you were to live here…” which offers a way artists and creative participants can inhabit and transform social spaces by producing innovative ideas, projects and works. The 5th Auckland Triennial will provide opportunities to connect with different communities, as well as collaborations among various partners in and out of the city. It will invite discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas.

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April 24th through May 26th, 2013

The 26th EMAF presents media as art, cult media, media for reflection and media with a fun factor.

In its programme comprising short and feature-length films, documentaries, exhibitions, performances and lectures, EMAF introduces well-known stars such as Californian artist Kerry Laitala, filmmaker Harun Farocki, and documenta 13 participant Omer Fast, in addition to young talented artists from various universities and academies.

More than 180 new films, installations and artistic projects selected from over 2,400 entries will be presented at the festival.

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From April 24th to 28th, 2013, KINO DER KUNST, the first event of its kind worldwide, presents films by visual artists who push boundaries of cinema and explore new narrative forms.

KINO DER KUNST is an exhibition and a film festival in one, which showcases today’s trends in art and provides an international meeting point for artists, curators and the public. Spread across various locations, such as the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), the Pinakothek der Moderne / Schaustelle, the Museum Brandhorst in the Kunstareal and beyond that the ARRI cinema, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Kunstverein Munich, the MaximliansForum and the Goetz Collection, it will feature a competition with generous prizes, a retrospective program of feature-length films by artists ranging from Rebecca Horn and Eija-Liisa Ahtila to Steve McQueen or Julian Schnabel, a wide range of works from specific geographical regions and a number of museum-based multi-channel installations, all aimed at examining the current relationship between cinema and art.

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March 13th through May 13th, 2013
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce that Gabriel Lester will be presenting a commssioned new work in Sharjah Biennial 11 titled ‘Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography’.

Curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a Biennial that reassess the Westerncentrism of knowledge in modern times and reconsiders the relationship between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa and Latin America.

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June 30th through November 17th, 2013
The Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive in Newport Beach, California

Formerly known as the California Biennial, The Orange County Museum of Art has re-envisioned this important survey of contemporary California art and will re-launch it as the California-Pacific Triennial in 2013 with participating artists representing a cross-section of countries from throughout the Pacific rim.

2013 California-Pacific Triennial is organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Chief Curator Dan Cameron.

Michael Lin will be presenting a new body of site-specific installations in the Triennial. For further information on the artist and project please contact .

To learn more about the Triennial, please visit the official website.



January 13th through April 14th, 2013
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

New works by Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, and Liu Chuang are featured in “ON/OFF: China’s Young Artist’s in Concept and Practice” an exhibition that occupies all UCCA exhibition spaces and provides a comprehensive survey of the generation of artists born after the death of Mao and the end of the Cultural Revolution, and at the dawn of the country’s era of opening and reform. “ON | OFF” includes 50 commissioned works by 50 artists and artist groups.

past | CUI JIE

CUI JIE, Office, 2012, Oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm

November 25th through December 30th 2012

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of Beijing-based painter Cui Jie. Featuring recent works from two different series, this exhibition explores the carefully composed elements of Cui Jie’s artistic sensibility. Comparing and contrasting both the artist’s architectural and figurative paintings, this exhibition presents the spectrum of painting she works across, to explore her means of creative production.

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GABRIEL LESTER, Melancholia in Arcadia, 2011

November 25th, 2012 through March 1st, 2013

Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai presents ‘Roxy’, the first solo exhibition in China of internationally exhibited Dutch artist Gabriel Lester. Born in Amsterdam in 1972 and presently based in Amsterdam and Shanghai, Lester has been producing works since the mid-1990s that are informed by lexica of cinematography and architecture, and mediate the perception of the world that is constantly re-shaped by new technology and mass media. The show opens on November 25th 2012 and runs through March 1st 2013. It will be accompanied by a series of events and a monographic book describing the career of the artist.

‘Roxy’ draws its title and inspiration from American theatrical impresario and entrepreneur Samuel Lionel Rothafel, known as ‘Roxy’ (1882-1936), and his legendary Roxy Theatre. Roxy has become synonymous with theatre, cinema, and numerous international namesake venues, which enabled its infiltration into a broader culture sphere. In his Roxy, Gabriel Lester was inspired by the innovative spirits and eclecticism embodied in Roxy stories that he found while researching 1920s silent films. Lester’s defining works, produced between the late 1990s and present, focus on reinventing the fundamental grammar and rhetoric that constitute the cinema and narrative forms.
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