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Solo exhibition of new paintings by Chinese artist Liu Ye opens at Sperone Westwater
Liu Ye, Bird on Bird, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10 inches (22 x 27.5 cm). Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sperone Westwater presents Bamboo Bamboo Broadway, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Liu Ye. For his third solo show at the gallery, the artist continues to engage the history of modernism, while referencing the tradition of abstraction in historical Chinese painting. Here, Liu Ye introduces new genres such as landscape and still-life painting to his oeuvre. The centerpiece of the show is a nine-part painting of abstracted and simplified details of a bamboo plant which spans the gallery's double-height wall.

Bamboo Bamboo Broadway (2012), also the title of the exhibition, is the artist's largest work to date. Painted in New York, this nine-part work measures 6 x 9 meters. Liu Ye utilizes a familiar trope in Chinese painting -- bamboo imagery in a landscape format -- but employs a modernistic approach to the composition. Each canvas hangs abutted in a grid, reminiscent of Bauhaus architecture in its modularity. The composition also evokes the internal logic of a Mondrian painting; a pictorial effect the artist identifies as "balanced, graceful, pure, and projecting a sense of serenity." The repetition of similar forms and tones offers the pictorial equivalent of a fugue. Critic, art historian, and artist Robert C. Morgan has said "Liu’s paintings internalize large ideas within small spaces, thereby reinvigorating a new possibility for intimacy in art within the transcultural excess of the present."

The exhibition also includes a group of small paintings; a scale that has become signature for the artist. These works convey a rational, contemplative, and sometimes solemn tone. Small Painter (2009-2010) depicts a girl with a pensive demeanor seated at a desk drawing the Miffy character, the small female rabbit created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna in the 1950s. In a nod to Balthus’ frequent theme and style, Banned Book 3 (2010) shows a young woman positioned in mid-crawl, enraptured by a book. Birds (2011), shows two sparrows mating against a dark, monochromatic ground, suggestive of a 17th century Spanish still-life painting. Pinocchio (2011) is a geometrically-rendered portrait of the character in the children's novel. The artist's inscription on the back of this painting reads: "Nearly 40 years ago, I read a book on Pinocchio. Today I painted a portrait of Pinocchio -- I hope after 40 years I will paint another one."

Born in Beijing in 1964, Liu Ye came of age during the Cultural Revolution, a period between 1966 and 1976 when all art was at the service of the state and individual expression was explicitly forbidden. His father was a children’s book author, and one afternoon, Liu Ye discovered a collection of Western literature hidden in a black chest beneath his parents' bed. Although these books were banned at the time, Liu Ye nonetheless studied their illustrations intensely. As a young adult, the artist went on to study industrial design and mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts before moving to Germany to pursue an MFA at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin from 1990 to 1994. He later spent time in Amsterdam as an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie, where he first encountered works of art by Mondrian, Vermeer, Klee, and Dick Bruna. In 2007, the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland hosted a major solo exhibition of his work. Liu Ye’s paintings have also been included in important group exhibitions, such as "In Time – 2012 Chinese Oil Painting Biennale" at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2012); and "Future Pass – From Asia to the World," a collateral event of the 54th Venice Biennale, which traveled to the Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, and the Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011 - 2012). In 2014, a major retrospective of Liu Ye's work will be presented by the Kunsthalle Tübingen in Germany. Liu Ye’s paintings are represented in private and institutional collections worldwide, including the collection of Uli Sigg to be donated to Hong Kong's planned new museum, M+.

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