VIP Preview: 8 September, noon–6pm
Fair Dates: 9–11 September, noon–6pm; 12–13 September, 10am–6pm
West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Lefr: Jenny Holzer b. 1950, Truisms: Solitude is Enriching, 2013, White marble bench, 43 x 155 x 65 cm (17 x 61 x 25 5/8 in.)
Middle: Chun Kwang Young b. 1944, Aggregation 15-FE011, 2015, Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 170 x 150 cm (66 7/8 x 59 in.)
Right: Antony Micallef b. 1975, Self-Portrait with Blue Slash No. 2, 2015, Oil on French linen, 155 x 132 cm (61 x 52 in.)
Shanghai—Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to announce its participation in the second edition of the West Bund Art & Design Fair, presenting artworks in the Galleries sector at stand A3. The fair is the first large-scale international art and design fair in China, which has attracted top galleries from around the world. It will take place at West Bund Art Center on the Xuhui Waterfront with the fair opening from 8–13 September.
The Galleries section will feature works by leading contemporary artists from across the globe, including Chinese artists Du Zhenjun, Qin Yufen, Qiu Deshu, Su Dong Ping, Su Xiaobai, Wang Huangsheng, Zhang Jianjun, and Zhu Jinshi; American artists Jenny Holzer and Carlos Rolón/Dzine; UK artist Antony Micallef; and Australian artist Ben Quilty. The Galleries will also present works by emerging Beijing artist Ren Ri and Hong Kong artist Morgan Wong. Pearl Lam Galleries is also proud to present works by the celebrated late American abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991).
Although these artists work with a variety of mediums and subject matters, they all contribute to the Galleries’ mission of stimulating cross-cultural dialogue on contemporary art between China, the rest of Asia, and the West.
British artist Antony Micallef b. 1975 has garnered international acclaim for his mix of political imagery fused with contemporary expression. He will present his latest artwork, Self-Portrait with Blue Slash No. 2. His paintings examine the contemporary relationship between consumerism and branding, among other themes. His work concerns itself with what he sees as the ‘frivolities’ of pop culture in a process that has been dubbed ‘critical pop’.
Jenny Holzer b. 1950 will exhibit her two installation works: Pearl’s Truism & Survival (2013), an LED piece featuring Holzer’s famous truisms in Chinese, and Truisms: Solitude is Enriching (2013), a white marble bench engraved with truisms. Starting in the 1970s with her New York City posters containing witty phrases and up to her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, Holzer’s practice has rivalled ignorance and violence with humour, kindness, and moral courage.
Korean Artist Chun Kwang Young b. 1944, who is known for his constructions made out of Korean mulberry paper, will show Aggregation (2015), his newly created and representative mulberry paper work, which features hand-cut triangles of polystyrene individually wrapped in delicate pages torn from local printed materials. They are strikingly textured canvases and monumental organic sculptures that give viewers an impression of the surface of the moon with their rippling, sensuous exteriors.
Carlos Rolón/Dzine b. 1970 will present Chandelier, his masterpiece installation work. The artist is particularly interested in the duality of his own identity, as he was born into a Puerto Rican household in Chicago. His work has neo-baroque elements and draws from art history, popular culture, folklore, and faith to present a unique view of an identity that is at once melancholic, exuberant, and excessive. Rolón creates a world where everyday objects assume a cultural significance beyond their material value.
Ben Quilty b. 1973 will exhibit his large painting Pacific Self-Portrait. Bold images of grotesque characters or unconventional objects challenge perspectives and lure the viewer into the artist’s unfathomable world, which is characterised by rich textures and contrasts. Quilty’s recognisable style features thick layering and smearing of paint applied with a palette knife.
Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to show Grey Open (1980) by renowned American Abstract Expressionist painter Robert Motherwell (1915–1991). With his wide array of intellectual interests—from French symbolist poetry to philosophy, music, and modernist painting—Motherwell provided a critical link between European artists and his American contemporaries. His work often displays energetic emotions through dramatic and bright strokes of paint.
Influential Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi b. 1954 is set to be a highlight at the stand with his oil on canvas Four Scholars on New Year’s Eve–3. Using traditional Chinese aesthetics, Zhu will present a series of ‘mind images’ that emphasise the harmony between mankind and the natural world. Each image is mapped with thick, layered oil paint to create highly textured surfaces that represent inner spirituality, the experience of migration, and the perception of world phenomenon.
Wang Huangsheng b. 1956 creates ink on paper works, where his brushstrokes are a reflection of the soul. In his Moving Visions series, he explores the freedom of movement in his flowing lines, which are both loose and precise. Zhang Jianjun b. 1955 will exhibit First Drop of Water-10, one of his newly created artworks. He expresses his personal perspective on humankind and the universe through the integrity of language, and constantly explores the existence of the ontological status.
Also on show will be a diptych painting from Qiu Deshu’s Fissuring series, a colourful Chinese abstract painting by Qin Yufen, an oil and mixed media on canvas work by Su Dong Ping, and sensuous sculpture-like lacquer paintings by Su Xiaobai. The Galleries will also be showing works by emerging Chinese artist Ren Ri b. 1984, who has developed a unique sculptural style using beeswax. In Yuansu II, he created a series of stunning geometrical sculptures using bee psychology. Hong Kong artist Morgan Wong b. 1984 will exhibit an installation entitled Study of Eventfulness and Durationality (Permutating Six Stools, Permutating Three Stools). Meanwhile, Du Zhenjun, one of China’s most celebrated digital media artists, will present his new media artwork The Towel of Babel—Conflict of Laws.
About Kwang Young Chun
Seoul-based artist Kwang Young Chun (b. 1944) received his BFA from Hong-Ik University in Korea, and MFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, USA. Known for his sculptural aggregations—both freestanding pieces and wall-hung low reliefs—Chun assembles his forms from a myriad of small shapes wrapped in mulberry paper. With a trompe l’oeil quality, Chun’s sculptures create the illusion of depth and coalescence and, ultimately, represent the harmony and conflict in the unity of many. Chun is currently exhibiting at the Venice Biennale group show Frontiers Reimagined at the Palazzo Grimini Art Museum.
About Du Zhenjun
Du Zhenjun was born in 1961 in Shanghai, China, where he graduated from the Institute of Art and Design, and the School of Fine Arts of the University of Shanghai. He earned a Masters in Digital Space at the Regional School of Fine Arts in Rennes, France. His interactive new media installations and digitally manipulated photographs have made him one of China’s most recognised digital artists, winning awards in the global art arena. He broke new ground with his 2003 Paris exhibition Too Heavy for Human Beings, the first solo exhibition in French digital art history. Recent solo exhibitions include Babel World (2015), Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China; Babel Empire (2014), Château de Chambord, Château de Lunéville, France; and Babel-world/Du Zhenjun (2013), ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.
About Jenny Holzer
Jenny Holzer was born in 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio; she currently lives and works in New York. In 1972, the American artist graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Ohio University, Athens. She completed her MFA in 1977 through the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1977, she moved to New York to participate in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, where she began her first series of public art texts. Holzer received the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990 and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in 1996. She received the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. For over 35 years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Reichstag, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
About Antony Micallef
Antony Micallef was born in Swindon, England in 1975, and graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth. Micallef’s ambitious and opulent paintings examine society’s complex relationship with consumerism and indulgence. He derives his visual language from different fields: old masters, graffiti, fashion magazines, corporate iconography, and Japanese cartoons. Major solo exhibitions include Self (2015), Lazarides Rathbone, London, UK; Impure Idols (2007), Lazarides pop-up, Hollywood, CA, USA; and at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria (2005). Major group exhibitions include Nowa Sztuka (2013), National Museum Warsaw, Poland; Artwars (2013), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; AKA Peace (2012), curated by Jake Chapman at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; GSK Contemporary (2008), the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; and Mystery Portrait Exhibition (2006), National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
About Robert Motherwell
Robert Motherwell (24 January, 1915–16 July, 1991) was a Stanford University, Harvard and Columbia University educated American painter, printmaker, accomplished writer, editor, and eloquent speaker. Through his teaching, lectures, and publications, he became an unofficial spokesman and interpreter for the Abstract Expressionist movement, championing fellow artists and providing a critical link between European artists and his American contemporaries through his wide array of intellectual interests. Several key themes define Motherwell’s work: the dialogue between repression and rebellion, between European modernism and a new American vision, and between formal and emotional approaches to art making. Selected solo exhibitions include Robert Motherwell, Lyric Suite, Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA (2015); The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (1983), Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain (1980); Royal Academy of Art, London, UK (1978); Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, France (1977); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (1965); and Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery, New York, USA (1944). His work is in major international collections.
About Qin Yufen
Qin Yufen was born in 1954 in Shandong Province. She began to create abstract art in the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s, she moved to Germany where she was influenced by Western painting. Her works from this period used both Western and traditional Chinese ink painting techniques, while still depicting Oriental aesthetics of tranquility and the reality embodied by Zen meditation. She has held solo exhibitions in Beijing, Tokyo, and Berlin, among other international cities.
About Qiu Deshu
Qiu Deshu was born in 1948 in Shanghai. He reimmersed himself in ink painting after the Cultural Revolution and co-founded the Grass Painting Society (Cao Cao Hua She), one of China’s first post-Mao experimental artist circles. In the early 1980s, Qiu developed his signature style of works called ‘fissuring’ (lie bian), which literally means tearing and changing in Chinese. Qiu applies vivid colours to xuan paper, which he tears up before mounting the fragments to a base layer, often leaving space in between to create a pictorial field with the “cracks” that he feels are symbolic of life’s journey. Qiu’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Shanghai Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
About Ben Quilty
Born in 1973, Ben Quilty grew up in the outer suburbs of northwestern Sydney, Australia, where his youth typified the self-destructive character of Australian masculinity: drugs, alcohol, and recklessness. Quilty’s paintings of his Holden Torana produced a sell-out show in 2002 and since then his work has been included in many exhibitions around the world. In 2009, the artist won the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 2009 for his painting Jimmy Barnes, and in 2011 he won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of Margaret Olley. In 2014, he won the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore, which was followed by a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London.
About Ren Ri
Ren Ri (b. 1984 in Harbin, China) studied Fine Art at Tsinghua University before receiving his Masters at Saint-Petersburg Herzen State University in Russia. He also holds a PhD in Fine Art from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Ren Ri’s art is easily recognisable because of his use of beeswax. His understanding of bee psychology and nature helps him to create, in collaboration with insects, mesmerising sculptures. The artist’s most famous series, Yuansu I, II and III, are all related to his intimate experience with bees as both an artist and a beekeeper. Yuan means element, while su means mold—Yuansu can be translated as ‘a comprehension of the gestalt of life’.
About Carlos Rolón/Dzine
Carlos Rolón/Dzine (b. 1970, Chicago, IL) attended Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in painting and drawing. In the past several years, Rolón has been recognised for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and works that come out of Kustom Kulture. His studio practice investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty, and identity and its relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation, and the institution. The artist has had solo exhibitions at Rockford Art Museum, The Dallas Contemporary, Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. In 2007, Rolón represented Ukraine in the 52nd Venice Biennale.
About Su Dong Ping
Su Dong Ping was born in 1958 in Shenyang, China. He taught painting and art history for over 20 years after graduating from the department of oil painting at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. The restraints from traditional education, family and his social environment awakened Su’s inner impulses and aspirations, which had been repressed for a long time. Su Dong Ping layers his works with thick paint day after day, impregnating them with strong emotional and visual tension while infusing them with his life experience, which reflects his self-sentiments at that very moment. The insight is beyond there and then, beyond the relativity of time, between instantaneity and eternalness, and beyond spatial relativity. His works are cathartic, having escaped from the constraint of time and space, and enter into a state of purity.
About Su Xiaobai
Su Xiaobai was born in 1949 in Hubei, China. In 1965 he joined the School of Art and Crafts in Wuhan, and from 1985 he studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 1987, he received a scholarship to study at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, where he was exposed to avant-garde Western art. Through his various journeys, Su has developed a language rich in personal experience and abstract symbols. During the 1990s, his work became progressively less figurative and following his return to China in 2003, it has increasingly focused on essential characteristics of colour, shape, and surface. Recent solo shows include Su Xiaobai (2014) at Almine Rech, Paris; Painting and Being (2014), curated by Paul Moorhouse, 20th Century Curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London, at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong; and Grand Immensity, The Art of Su Xiaobai, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan.
About Wang Huangsheng
As the Director of CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, Wang Huangsheng (b. 1956, Guangdong province) has organised a great deal of influential exhibitions both at home and abroad, which has further cultivated his own art consciousness and spirit, moving from traditionalism towards the purity of modernism, and towards the new appeal of contemporary ink. Wang is an artist who pursues the intrinsic stage of Chinese painting, conscientiously building a contemporary visual form; in this is manifested a freedom of artistic substance. He has had solo exhibitions at the National Art Museum of China and the Guangdong Museum of Art. His work is in many international collections, including Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy; and National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
About Morgan Wong
Morgan Wong (b. 1984, Hong Kong) focuses in durational performance and temporality with pieces ranging from performance, video, and installation to works on paper. He studied Creative Media at City University, Hong Kong, and received his MFA from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Solo shows and projects include Untitled—Expressway (2015), Rolls-Royce Motor Car Showroom, Hong Kong; Filing Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle Is Made (2013), Tintype Gallery, London, UK; and One Hour (2011), 2P Contemporary Art Gallery, Hong Kong. He has exhibited in group exhibitions at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey; ZKM Media Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany; Tate Modern, London, UK; and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, among other institutions.
About Zhang Jianjun
Zhang Jianjun (b. 1955, Shanghai) lives between Shanghai and New York. He graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy’s Department of Fine Arts in 1978. His work consists of various mediums, from photography, ink installation, and video performances to painting, embodying a sense of change and process of time. His works are representative of ‘Rational Painting’, a genre of art that concerns itself with issues of existence, time, and space. He has exhibited in solo shows in New York, Japan, Singapore, and China, including at the Shanghai Art Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, and the Asian American Art Centre in New York.
About Zhu Jinshi
After completing an artist-in-residency in Germany and teaching in the Architecture Department of the Berlin Technical University, Zhu Jinshi (b. 1954, Beijing) returned to Beijing, where he currently lives and works. He began painting abstract works in the late 1970s, and participated in the Stars group exhibition, the first avant-garde art exhibition after the Cultural Revolution. Zhu has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including 28 Chinese (2013–14) at The Rubell Family Collection in Miami; Zhu Jinshi: The Reality of Paint (2013) at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong; Zhu Jinshi (2012) at Blum and Poe in Los Angeles; and Chinese Contemporary Abstract, 1980s until Present: MINDMAP (2012), which was Pearl Lam Galleries’ inaugural show in Hong Kong.
About Pearl Lam Galleries
Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China. Playing a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese and Asian contemporary art, the Galleries is dedicated to championing artists who re-evaluate and challenge perceptions of cultural practice from the region. The Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore collaborate with renowned curators, each presenting distinct programming from major solo exhibitions, special projects and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows. Based on the philosophy of Chinese Literati where art forms have no hierarchy, the Galleries are dedicated to breaking down boundaries between different disciplines, with a unique gallery model committed to encouraging cross- cultural exchange.
Contemporary Chinese Abstract art is heavily represented in the Galleries roster. Influential Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi and Su Xiaobai who synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language are presented internationally with work now included in major private and public collections worldwide. The Galleries have also introduced leading international artists, such as Jenny Holzer and Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work which engages specifically with the region—collaborating to produce thought-provoking and culturally relevant work.
About West Bund Art & Design
Co-organised by Shanghai West Bund Development Group Co., Ltd and the renowned artist Zhou Tiehai, the forthcoming international fair West Bund Art & Design is the first of its type in China. The art fair designates West Bund Art Center, which was transformed from a workshop of the former Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, as its site. The fair aims to create a second-to-none art platform, hosting galleries, design agencies, existing and new collectors, and art lovers to enjoy art.