Zhang Xiaogang "Revision"

The Pace Gallery (534 W 25th St)

poster for Zhang Xiaogang "Revision"

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The artist's first solo exhibition at the gallery will feature works from 2008, including seven oil paintings of interior spaces and a large landscape measuring approximately 9 x 13 feet from the artist’s new "Green Wall" series. Two large-scale photographs with overpainted images and calligraphy entitled "Description–Photography" (2008) will also be on view. “Memory isn’t a thing that can actually present the past,” Zhang Xiaogang once explained; rather, memory undergoes “continuous revisions.” The artist was eight years old when the Cultural Revolution began, and the tumultuous narrative of his nation’s recent past remains an integral part of his life today not merely as “historical fact,” but as a “psychological state.” In Zhang Xiaogang’s work, the past lives in the present as a memory re-imagined. As his complicated reveries unfold in his artwork, they re-conceive the past, exposing the emotions that history has concealed. The artist presents an eastern narrative in a western style, speaking not only to his own “raw lived experience” and Chinese society, but attaining a visual language that reaches across cultures.

[Image: Zhang Xiaogang "Green Wall - Slumber No. 2" (2008) oil on canvas, 63" x 78-3/4" x 1-7/8" Photo courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York © Zhang Xiaogang, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York]



from October 31, 2008 to November 29, 2008

Opening Reception on 2008-10-30 from 18:00 to 20:00
The artist will be in attendance.


Zhang Xiaogang

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