Liu Xiaodong: New England

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Liu Xiaodong: New England

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Liu Xiaodong: New England
to Sat 21 Nov 2020
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Massimo De Carlo presents New England, a new site-specific solo exhibition from acclaimed Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong at its London gallery.

Artworks

Duncan and his Qiumles / Duncan和他的战⻢邱⻨斯, 2019

Oil on canvas
190 × 180 cm / 74 4/5 × 70 4/5 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Ma Yue's Home / ⻢越之家, 2019

Oil on canvas
150 × 140 cm / 59 × 55 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Geoffrey and his Family / Geoffrey和他的家庭, 2019

Oil on canvas
140 × 150 cm / 55 × 59 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Stanley Baby, 2019

Oil on canvas
180 × 190 cm / 70 4/5 × 74 4/5 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Veronica and her Twins / Veronica 和她的混血双棒, 2019

Oil on canvas
190 × 180 cm / 74 4/5 × 70 4/5 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Samuel, 2019

Oil on canvas
70 × 60 cm / 27 1/2 × 23 3/5 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Vic&Ed, Brother and Sister / Vic&Ed姐弟, 2019

Oil on canvas
70 × 60 cm / 27 1/2 × 23 3/5 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Keyu at the Piano / 刻羽弹琴, 2019

Oil on canvas
60 × 70 cm / 23 1/2 × 27 1/2 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Noon at Ma Yue's / ⻢越家的中午, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
31 × 41 cm / 12 × 16 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Dusk at Ma Yue's / ⻢越家的傍晚, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
31 × 41 cm / 12 × 16 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Party at Stanley Baby's / StanleyBaby的Party, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
31 × 41 cm / 12 × 16 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Soft Fragrance / 暗香, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
31 × 41 cm / 12 × 16 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Colourful Life / 彩色生活, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
41 × 31 cm / 16 × 12 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Male Twins / 双胞胎男孩, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
41 × 31 cm / 16 × 12 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Horse Treading on Flowers / ⻢踏鲜花, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
31 × 41 cm / 12 × 16 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Absorbed by the Candlelight / 烛光吸神儿, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print
41 × 31 cm / 16 × 12 inches
Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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For this series, Liu Xiaodong turns his gaze to a generation of young Chinese professionals who have moved to London to enrich their ambitions. By embracing or rejecting British practices, these personalities present new ways of understanding Britishness through a process of cultural interchange.

Liu Xiaodong is a restless traveler who combines an energetic love and curiosity for humanity with a sincere dedication, and belief in the power of art. Through his rich oil on canvas paintings and acrylic photo-paintings Xiaodong invites us to practice slow looking; to carefully distinguish human expressions and attitudes, and to recognize the genuine beauty of the world. Ironically titled New England, the exhibition is narrated through the stories of the individuals whose portraits he paints. Collectively, they address topics common to the artist’s practice: integration, acceptance, cultural diversity, and the power, and the limits of globalization, in a time where the concept itself has been strongly questioned.

Following in a long tradition of artists painting from life, including Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh and Gustave Courbet, Xiaodong imbues his portraits with a dynamism and cosmopolitism that feels both authentic and modern. Following numerous months of research, and several trips to London, Xiaodong painted his subjects – whose work ranges from the creative to the financial – over an immersive stay in the city in June 2019. Realized in real time, and often in the sitters’ own home, this group of portraits are intimate and personal depictions made possible through trust and empathy.

Those depicted in the exhibition include: Duncan Qiu – the first Chinese Polo player in the British league and a representative of Chinese sports legacy and culture; Geoffrey Yu – a young executive banker painted in his garden with his family; Keyu Jin – a Professor at the London School of Economics and an ambassador for Chinese new economy; Veronica Chou – a leading entrepreneur in the business of fashion; Samuel Gui Yang – one of the most acclaimed youngest fashion designer who combines Western and Eastern styles; Stanley Zhu – an investor and entrepreneur in the luxury sector; Ma Yue – a collector and flamboyant persona, who is portrayed in his Mayfair home with his partner; and Victoria and Ed Tang – the son and daughter of Sir David Tang, one of the most prominent figures in the China-UK relationships in London, and themselves internationally active in the art, fashion, and creative business.

The exhibition is enriched by a 30-minute documentary film directed by Yang Bo, and sound engineered by Shi Qian, and a handwritten diary that documents the making of each painting in the artist’s own words. The New England catalogue is published by Nero Editions, and includes an introductory text by Mark Rappolt.

Liu Xiaodong was born in 1963 in Jincheng, Liaoning Province, China; he lives and works in Beijing. His solo exhibitions include: Borders, dallascontemporary, Dallas (upcoming); Expedition to Uummannaq, Greenland, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark (2019); Slow Homecoming, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2018); Liu Xiaodong: Migrazioni, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2016); Painting as Shooting, Farschou Foundation, Copenhagen (2016); Painting as Shooting, Fondazione Cini, Venezia (2015); Diary of an Empty City, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing (2015); Liu Xiaodong: Childhood Friends Getting Fat, Minsheng Museum, Shanghai (2014); Liu Xiaodong’s Two Projects, Shao Zhong Foundation Art Museum, Guangzhou (2014); Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2013); Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2013); The Process of Painting, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz (2012); Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy, UCCA, Beijing (2010). His group exhibitions include: The warmth of other suns, The Phillips Collection (2019); Under Construction, Tank Shanghai Project Space (2019); Datumsoria, Nam Jun Paik Art Center, Seoul (2018), ZKM: Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2017) and Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (2016); The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano (2017); Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2017); Des Artistes Chinois à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, (2016); 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); Passage to History: 20 Years of La Biennale di Venezia and Chinese Contemporary Art, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice (2013); Host and Guest, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv (2013); A new Horizon: Contemporary Chinese Art, National Museum of Australia, Canberra (2011); Half-life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, SFMOMA, San Francisco (2008).

Todd-White Art Photography © Liu Xiaodong, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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