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China’s Creative Visionaries

June 03, 2014

The Edge of Vision

As the recent Art Basel Hong Kong has incontrovertibly confirmed – with some of the most exciting and challenging new works hailing from Mainland galleries – Chinese art is about more than just Shui-mo ink-wash paintings of craggy mountain vistas and twisted pine trees. And examining how the nation’s burgeoning art scene came to be, is a new exhibition at Beijing’s The Linda Gallery, The Edge of Vision, which brings together the works of four of the most influential Chinese artists of the past 30 years: Li Shan, Shang Yang, Sun Liang, and Xia Xiaowan.

These seminal artists first gained recognition during the 1980s when a new generation of painters radically challenged traditional Chinese approaches to art with the New Wave movement – an unprecedented explosion in creative activity, and since then, each has remained a forerunner in the Asian avant-garde art scene. The exhibited collection presents each artists’ thematic exploration of vision and incomplete perception; from Shan’s brightly coloured insect canvasses to Yang’s monochrome reimaginings of traditional Chinese landscapes, and Xiaowan’s arresting glass-layered spirit sculptures. Compulsory viewing for anyone with an interest in Chinese art, new or old, these paint pioneers paved the way for modern art in China today!

Until 30 June, 2014.

The Linda Gallery / 2 Jiu Xia