David Diao: Traces of Modernism

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David Diao: Traces of Modernism

London

David Diao: Traces of Modernism
to Sat 2 Oct 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-7pm
Artist: David Diao

Gazelli Art House presents Traces of Modernism, the first solo exhibition of the artist in the UK. Selected works represent a range of Diao’s artistic exploration since the 1980s to the current time.

Artworks

El Lissitzky Letterhead, 2017

Acrylic on canvas
122 × 152 cm 48 1/8 × 59 7/8 in

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El Lissitzky / Herman Miller, 2017

Acrylic on canvas
152 × 114 cm 59 7/8 × 44 7/8 in

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El Lissitzky Monogram, 2017

Acrylic on canvas
122 × 152 cm 48 1/8 × 59 7/8 in

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Mining your Ps and Qs, 1985

Acrylic on canvas
152.4 × 182.9 cm 60 × 72 in

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Untitled (red black and blue), 1986

Acrylic on canvas
152.4 × 132.1 cm 60 × 52 in

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Hiding in Plain Sight, 2018

Acrylic and vinyl on canvas
213 × 167.6 cm 83 7/8 × 66 in

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors 1, 2017

Acrylic and vinyl on canvas
81 × 122 cm 31 7/8 × 48 1/8 in

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Born in 1943 in Chengdu, the artist immigrated to America through Hong Kong, and spent most of his life and career in New York. Diao is well known for interweaving modernist formalism with avant-garde iconography, identity politics, and his personal histories.

The exhibition features historical works including Untitled (red black and blue) and Mining your Ps and Qs that demonstrate a drastic turn in Diao’s artistic career: previously working solely with abstract painting responding to the Modernist canon, the artist started to experiment with silk screened images, vinyl lettering, hand- drawn marker, and painted words, reflecting on his complicated heritage as a Chinese immigrant in America.

A selection of his later works on display El Lissitzky Monogram, El Lissitzky Letterhead, El Lissitzky / Herman Miller and Hiding in Plain Sight presents an example of the artist’s interest in the ways which iconic figures and schools of the twentieth century portrayed themselves in utilized imagery such as logos and signatures. The artist, famous for incorporating graphic design in his works, reimagines epochal signs such as El Lissitzky and Henry Miller’s monograms, in the latest series of paintings.

The exhibition aims to showcase how the formalism of David Diao’s works is combined with the innovative use of mediums and visual representation of different epochs. Widely shown in America and China (Diao’s works are in the collection of Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, U.S.A., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.A., the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, U.S.A., the Fonds National d’art contemporain, Paris, France, the M+ Collection, Hong Kong, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, among others).

© David Diao, El Lissitzky Monogram, 2017


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