Appearance of Crosses 2017-8

Ding Yi

Appearance of Crosses 2017-8, 2017

Acrylic on basswood panel with engravings

366x242x6

Gallery

ShanghART Gallery

China

Price: 636,000 USD

About The Work

Ding Yi’s basswood painting series has begun in 2015. He has built up layers of paint on the wooden surface, applied with a wide brush in varying thicknesses. The base layers of paint are thick and uneven and the laden paintbrush has skipped over the surface, touching only the crests of each underlying brushstroke. In this work, Appearance of Crosses 2017-8,Ding Yi has built up layers of paint on the wooden surface. The ridges of impasto in the black ground create a staccato effect in the white grid lines that are painted lightly across them: the laden paintbrush has skipped over the surface, touching only the crests of each underlying brushstroke. Beneath the dark surface, accretions of neon paint become sites of latent power – seething-hot colour waiting to be released by the slice of a woodblock cutter.

About Ding Yi

Ding Yi is among the most successful and influential Chinese artists today. The practice of Ding Yi encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture. He works primarily with "+" and its variant "x" as formal visual signals, above and against the political and social allegories typical of painting in China. He chose this sign in the second half of the 80s as a synonym of structure, rationality and of a pictorial expressiveness that reflects the essence of things. Ding Yi has exhibited extensively at various institutions and galleries, among many others, "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World" (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York/Bilbao, 2017-2018); "Last Night's Fortune Teller: The Third Part of an Exhibition Series with New Acquisitions of Chinese and International Contemporary Art" (Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, 2017); "Une histoire: art, architecture, design des années 1980 à nos jours" (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2015); "China 8, Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr"(Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2015); "Verso Est, Chinese Architectural Landscape" (Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo MAXXI, Rome, 2011); "Shanghai" (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2010); "'85 New Wave, The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art" (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2007); "Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" (Bern, Hamburger, Barcelona, etc. 2005-2009); "Living in Time, 29 Contemporary Artists from China" (Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2001).

ShanghART Gallery

Founded in 1996, ShanghART Gallery is one of the first contemporary art galleries established in China now maintaining spaces in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. For the past twenty years, ShanghART has kept devoting to the development of contemporary art in China and also kept close and long-term cooperation with more than 60 artists. Sustaining the highest-quality in presenting contemporary art exhibitions and projects, ShanghART regularly participates in the major international art fairs and collaborates with important art institutions in China and from all over the world. ShangART Videotheque, which was established in 2008 and has been developing till now, has included near 600 contemporary video art works.

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