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“Where the Spirit Lives” — At PIFO New Art Gallery, July 24-August 23, 2009

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PIFO New Art Gallery, located at B-11, 798 Art Area, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, has organized an exhibit to honor the centenial of abstract painting’s inception. Abstract painting did not emerge in China until the 1920s, but it has gained in popularity and development during the last 20 years, and this show has been so well-recieved already, that PIFO plans on making abstract painting exhibitions an annual occurance.

Among the 13 artists featured as the future of abstract painting in China, PIFO includes at least two women.

Huang Jia, who is preparing for a solo show in December, features her monochramatic color pallettes with plate-like dimpled images, the “circular shapes (of which, she says) reflect her temperament and her reflections on traditional Chinese culture.”

Huang Jia, "August 16th, 2008," Oil on Canvas, diameter 50 cm.

Huang Jia, "August 16th, 2008," Oil on Canvas, diameter 50 cm.

Huang Jia, "August 21st, 2008, Oil on Canvas, 120 x 210 cm.

Huang Jia, "August 21st, 2008, Oil on Canvas, 120 x 210 cm.

Zhang Xuerui uses delicate alterations in color to create calming, fluid effects accross straight-forward grid patterns. The artist is among the post-1975 generation (she was born in 1979),

Zhang Xuerui is a young artist, born in 1979, who currently lives in Beijing. Her paintings feature hundreds of grids covered and filled with gradated colors. Her inspiration comes from a desire to as she says, “express (her) understanding of our changing life in a rationalist manner.” According to an intereview with China.org.cn, her motivation in this direction was spurred on by the philosophical quote: “the only thing that does not change is change itself.”

Zhang Xuerui, "260 Squares - Grey Green," Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 130 cm.

Zhang Xuerui, "260 Squares - Grey Green," Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 130 cm, 2008.

Zhang Xuerui, "598 Squares - From Grey Green to Purple," Acrylic on Canvas, 92 x 130 cm, 2008.

Zhang Xuerui, "598 Squares - From Grey Green to Purple," Acrylic on Canvas, 92 x 130 cm, 2008.

Zhang Xuerui, "225 Squares - Green," Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 60 cm., 2008

Zhang Xuerui, "225 Squares - Green," Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 60 cm., 2008.

All images are from PIFO’s exhibit website.

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Written by Andrea Descoteaux Hugg

July 31, 2009 at 12:43 PM

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