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Wang Xingwei
2013.5.19 - 2013.8.18
Great Hall
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Regarded as one of China’s most mature and wide-ranging contemporary painters, Wang Xingwei will mount a large-scale retrospective in UCCA’s Great Hall. In keeping with the artist’s famously quirky sensibility, the exhibition will be organized neither chronologically nor by subject matter, but by the relationship of the subject to the canvas, with four main sections devoted to works in frontal, rear, profile, and partial profile, including nearly a third of his total output since he began painting in 1991. This exhibition is curated by Philip Tinari and will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.

For more information, please read the “Wang Xingwei” press release.

Untitled (Watering Flowers)
  • 2013
  • oil on canvas
  • 240×200 cm
  • Courtesy the artist and Galerie Urs Meile.
Works from the Exhibition
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    • Blind
    • 1996
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 200 x 180 cm
    • Foundation Guy & Myriam Ullens
    • Untitled (Flowerpot Old Lady)
    • 2011
    • Oil on canvas
    • 117 x 91.5 cm
    • Private collection, Beijing
    • Untitled (Selling Eggs)
    • 2007
    • Oil on canvas
    • 240 x 200 cm
    • Collection of Qiao Zhibing
    • Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile
    • A Sunday Afternoon in the Youth Park
    • 2009
    • Oil on canvas
    • 165 x 300 cm
    • M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong
    • Brother-in-Law Is Busy Again But Didn't Forget You
    • 2001
    • Oil on canvas
    • 200 x 300 cm
    • Private collection, Beijing
    • Untitled (Flowerpot)
    • 2009
    • Oil on canvas
    • 240 x 200 cm
    • Collection of Ellen and Michael Ringier, Switzerland
    • Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile
    • Poor Old Hamilton
    • 1996
    • Oil on canvas
    • 220 x 180 cm
    • Private collection, Beijing
    • Red East
    • 1995
    • Oil on canvas
    • 180 x 180 cm
    • Private collection, Switzerland
    • Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile
    • Developmental Step (1 of 4)
    • 1997
    • Oil on canvas
    • 130 x 440 cm
    • Guan Yi Contemporary Art Archive
    • Developmental Step (2 of 4)
    • 1997
    • Oil on canvas
    • 130 x 440 cm
    • Guan Yi Contemporary Art Archive
    • Developmental Step (3 of 4)
    • 1997
    • Oil on canvas
    • 130 x 440 cm
    • Guan Yi Contemporary Art Archive
    • Developmental Step (4 of 4)
    • 1997
    • Oil on canvas
    • 130 x 440 cm
    • Guan Yi Contemporary Art Archive
Installation Views
Publication
Wang Xingwei

I see the artist as a postman, delivering letters. He should not be overly curious about what is inside the envelopes.
–Wang Xingwei

In the two decades of his mature output, Wang Xingwei has created an artistic universe all his own, where references collide, characters recur, and styles proliferate, all articulated in a deliciously skillful range of styles. In this, the artist’s most comprehensive monograph to date, 109 color plates are non- chronologically featured in three major sections based on the relationship of the painter or viewer to the figure depicted: rear views, profiles, and frontal views. Accompanying texts by art scholars, curators, and critics Raphael Gygax, Zhang Li, and Nataline Colonnello, in addition to a foreword by UCCA director Philip Tinari, make this an essential document of one of China’s most intriguing painters.

Published in conjunction with the artist’s first large-scale retrospective exhibition, “Wang Xingwei,” held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

“Wang Xingwei” represents the culmination of a long collaboration between UCCA and the artist. One of the original artists to enter the collection of the Fondation Guy &MyriamUllens, Wang worked last year on the final episode in UCCA’s “Curated By…” series, producing an exhibition of seven young painters whose work explored similar themes to his own. Wang also has a painting on view in the concurrent exhibition “DUCHAMP and/or/in CHINA,” which positions one of Wang’s artistic heroes in relation to the Chinese scene.

In bringing together Wang’s key achievements of the first two decades of his career, this exhibition will contribute significantly to the reassessment and elevation of a key figure in contemporary Chinese art, who through the complexity of his vision proves the depth and richness of the tradition to which he belongs.

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In the News
  • “The show covers a group of paintings,which highlights Wang’s career in the past two decades.The works illustrate both the depth of his talent and his exploration about social changes.”

    - China Daily
  • “Wang’s works are full of seemingly haphazard art historical references and self-references.”

    - Sotheby's
  • “A local perspective on the global force that is the west’s modern art history.”

    - FT.com
  • “The show covers a group of paintings,which highlights Wang’s career in the past two decades.The works illustrate both the depth of his talent and his exploration about social changes.”

    - China Daily
  • “A local perspective on the global force that is the west’s modern art history.”

    - Sotheby's
Related Programs
    • 2013.6.23
      [Talks & Forums] Wang Xingwei: The Interrogation of The Penguin
      14:00 - 16:00
      UCCA Auditorium
    • 2013.7.21
      [Members Programs] Touring Huantue Art District With Wang Xingwei
      15:30 - 18:00
      Wang Xingwei's Studio, Huantie Art District
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UCCA Limited Editions
  • Old Lady With Cat

    UCCA Limited Editions and Wang Xingwei have collaborated to make a Limited Edition series of prints of the Old Lady series that will be available from UCCASTORE to coincide with the exhibition.