Zhao Gang

Biographie

Zhao Gang est né en 1961 à Pékin. Adolescent, il intègre le groupe dit « des étoiles », le premier mouvement artistique d’avant-garde à revendiquer la liberté artistique en Chine. En 1983, Zhao Gang part étudier à la State Academy of Fine Arts de Maastricht en Hollande, puis au Vassar College de New York, où il devient citoyen américain. Le choc de sa découverte de la culture occidentale est marqué par une désillusion profonde. Il commence dès lors à appliquer des méthodes de déconstruction, portant aussi bien sur les matériaux et le matériel utilisés que sur les techniques, les courants et les idées artistiques. Ses œuvres picturales, aux sujets et aux thèmes riches et divers, expriment les contradictions ressenties par l’artiste entre ses espoirs de jeunesse et sa vie d’adulte, entre le rêve et la réalité. Porteuses d’une ironie mordante et exutoire, elles traduisent souvent un profond sentiment de solitude. Il vit et travaille actuellement à New York.


COMMENTAIRE 

« The simplest trick in art is to be unoriginal, to repeat someone else’s paintings. It’s simle, like what a child does, so I am going backwards. »

Expositions

EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES

2015
UCCA, Beijing, China (à venir)

2014
Emperor and His… – Zhao Gang Solo Exhibition, Aye Gallery, Beijing, China

2013
The Khitans: Zhao Gang Solo Exhibition, Platform China, Beijing, China
Another Reality, Gallery LIN, Taipei, Taiwan

2012
Solo-presentation booth, Galerie Christian Nagel, Art Hong Kong
ZHAO GANGSOLO SHOW, Wada Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
ART HK 2012, Hong Kong, China

2011
A Sick Man – Zhao Gang Solo Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Sisyphus. Zhao Gang, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China
Burning the Wood: the collection of Du Yuesheng, Aye gallery, Beijing, China

2010
Zhao Gang, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

2009
Dance in Dream, Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China

2008
Paintings by Zhao Gang, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong
TSI Yi Space Gallery, Beijing, China

2007
Feng Zhengjie & Gang Zhao, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
After Thought, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln
Recent Works, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany
Gang Zhao’s Most Recent Works, He Xiang Ning Art Musem, Shenzhen, China

2006
Broken narrative, Bleich-Rossi, Vienna, Austria

2005
Long March in Harlem New York, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
Want Sex, Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing, China
War game, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

2004
Irony of Mistranslation, Michael Goedhuis, New York, USA

2002
Gallery 4A, Sydney, Australia

2001
Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

1999
Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China

1994
Peg Alston Fine Arts, New York, USA

1992
Vorpal Gallery, New York, USA

1991
The Unpainted Landscapes, Gutharc Ballin Gallerx, Paris, France

1990
Vorpal Gallery, New York, USA

1989
Via del Moro 25/b, Roma, Italy

1987
Lavaggi Gallery, New York, USA


EXPOSITIONS DE GROUPE (sélection)

2013
Painterly, BANK, Shanghai, China

2012
Pinellia, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China

2010
Demolition Milk II, KIT-Kunst-im-Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009
Embrace Suzhou, Exhibition of the Chinese Contemporary Arts, Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China/ Guangzhou Triennale, Guangzhou, China
Yokohoma Triennale, Yokohoma, Japan

2008
Delirious Beijing, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
Chinese Apartment Art: 1970s-1990s, Shuimu Art Space, Beijing, China

2007
PERFORMA New York, biennial of new visual art performance, New York, US
A Point in the Red. Contemporary Chinese Art, Gallerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zürich
The 4rd Annual China International Gallery Exposition, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Beijing, China
International Asian Antique and Art Fair Hong Kong, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, HongKong
ShContemporary 07 Art Fair, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Shanghai, China

2006
Jiang Hu. 34 Contemporary Chinese Artists, Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
The Face of Contemporary Art in China, Virginia Beach Contemporary Museum of Art, Virgina, US
The Face of Contemporary Art in China, Federal Reserved, Washington D.C, USA

2005
Contemporary Erotic Drawings, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas, US
David Diao and Gang Zhao, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

2004
Sunrise Sunset, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, US
Silknet, Galerie Urs Meile, Luzern, Switzerland

2003
David Diao/Gang Zhao: at Mid Career, Asian American Arts Centre, New York
Chambers Fine Art, New York, US

2002
Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2001
Central Academy Gallery of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Wei Liu and Gang Zhao, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2000
Xing Xing Group Show, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1998
Salon 300, Williamsburg, New York, USA
David Lowe and Gang Zhao, Peng Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

1990
The Door”, P.S. 1, Institute of the Arts, Long Island City, New York, USA
Blum Helman Gallery, New York, USA

1989
The Stars: 10 Years, Festival d´Automne de Paris, Paris, France

1987
SUNY Albany Art Gallery, Albany, New York, USA

1986
Bejing/New York: Avant-Garde Chinese Art, Sharon Creative Arts Foundation, Sharon, CT; Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
City Gallery, New York, USA

1980
Xing Xing (The Stars), China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

1979
Xing Xing (The Stars), Beihai Park, Beijing, China