When 8 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Where Chase Contemporary
521 W23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
United States


September 8 – October 14, 2018

Panel discussion “Liu Shuishi in Dialogue with the Contemporary Art World” and closing reception on Sunday Oct. 14, 4-6pm Panel discussion, 6-7pm Reception

Liu Shuishi’s (b. 1962) powerful work reflects the artist’s ongoing concern with modernity’s complex reality regarding the isolation and instability of contemporary life. Influenced by Western philosophy and Abstract Expressionism, Liu renders figures with large heads and exaggerated features in highly gestural, bold brushstrokes. Chinese traditional art and calligraphy ally with the thick impasto paint strokes to make his work rich both in presentation and content. His work has been a lifelong exploration of the history of western and eastern art combined with his profound connection to philosophy. The significance of his painting style is in his ability to perceive human nature from the inside out, to find the truth of existence through an original approach of painting. This exhibition showcases artworks that reflect the artist’s oeuvre since his transition from traditional Chinese landscape painting to his unique brand of existential expressionism.

Liu Shuishi exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2015. In 2009, Liu exhibited at the Louvre and the Grand Palace in Paris. He also exhibited at Today Art Museum in Beijing (2016), along with gallery exhibitions in China. This exhibition is his first retrospective in the US, available for presentation, private collection and museum acquisition.

International Curator Noelle Xie, organizes art shows and cultural events worldwide. She raised funds at Art Basel Switzerland to benefit UNAIDS (2017). She served as gala-chair of the “Fantastic Art China” opening in New York. She also presided the Chinese Contemporary Art Panel at the US-China Museum Summit together with Mr. Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum (2016). Noelle has been working with leading Chinese artists since her graduation from Paris Sorbonne University.

Photo courtesy of the organizer.

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