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“Xie Nanxing: Spices” presents a new series of seven major oil paintings created in the last two years, reflecting a shift in the artist’s thinking away from his earlier attempts to mediate between realism and conceptualism, in favor of a more objective search for the roots of his artistic practice. In these works, common tropes and references from Western art history and techniques developed by old masters are deftly handled, obliquely or ambiguously brought onto the canvas. The enlightenment narrative that has undergirded contemporary painting in China throughout the past several decades of rapid development is expressed here as the confusion and complexity that lies between two vastly different visual and historical contexts. This exhibition is less a summary or an argument than a timely corrective: Xie Nanxing views his own stubborn “misreadings” of the Western classical tradition in the same vein as Columbus mistaking the tree bark he found in the Americas for Indian spices. The exhibition will also include sketches and supplementary materials that elucidate Xie’s creative trajectory.
Sarah Morris works in the parallel mediums of painting and film, using both to explore what she has called “urban, social, and bureaucratic typologies.” Her paintings, allover geometric compositions executed in household gloss paint, refer to motifs, palettes, and rhythms of global cities; her fourteen films in turn offer non-narrative portraits of cities that emerge through rigorous editing of their architectures, protagonists, and processes. This exhibition offers the first complete presentation of Morris’s filmic output anywhere in the world, shown here in a sequence of custom-built spaces arrayed throughout the former factory chamber of UCCA’s Great Hall and framed by a cycle of monumental new wall paintings. It is presented exactly twenty years after she shot her first film, Midtown (1998) in her home city of New York, and ten years after she filmed Beijing, with the exclusive permission of the International Olympic Committee, during the 2008 Games. Taken together, the films, which focus on cities from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, from Paris to Hamburg, and from Rio de Janeiro to Abu Dhabi, capture and comment on the massive economic and geopolitical transformations that have unfolded during the first two decades of the twenty-first century.
Chang Yun-han excels at transforming what language cannot capture—her relationship with art history, the art system, and unfamiliar environments, as well as the feelings brought on by these relationships—into images. Here, a brief sojourn in New York provides the context for her transformations. Her new work looks at the cultural predicament in an era of increasingly sluggish globalization. Two New Yorks—one seen, one imagined—are joined together, and put into a relationship with the “real” New York that is at once close and distant.
Following the Women’s Tragedy in December 2017 and January 2018, UCCA will continue its collaboration with National Theater Live in March 2018 with screenings of five theater productions. The “Nowhere to Escape” series includes Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Obsession, adapted from the film directed by Italian neorealist director Visconti, and starring Jude Law. Skylight won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best Revival, while Yerma won the 2017 Oliver Award for Best Revival.
80 RMB/UCCA member
200 RMB Ticket Package/Adult
160 RMB Ticket Package/UCCA member
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