Tina Keng Gallery at Frieze New York 2019 • featuring work by Yun Gee


Venue|Randall’s Island Park, New York
Artists|Wu Dayu, Yun Gee, Li-lan, Zhang Hongtu, Tony Wong, Su Xiaobai
Preview|05.01.2019 11 a.m.–7 p.m., 05.02.2019 11 a.m.–4. p.m.
Private View|05.02.2019 4 p.m.–7 p.m.

Public Days|05.03.2019 11 a.m.–7 p.m., 05.04.–05.05.2019 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cultural Conjugate Effect — Contemporary Asia from a Pan-Western Perspective

“The best way to know yourself is through the other.” — Gao Minglu

Contemporary (postmodern) art originated in the West, and was mainly developed in the Chinese art circle towards the end of the 1980s. At the other end of the cultural axis, the artists from Asia distill a perspective of “the other” from contemporary art theories constructed in Europe and America, re-examining and consolidating the core of their thousands-year-long culture.

Nowadays, contemporary Chinese art deconstructed from a pan-Western perspective is no longer only about differentiating visual expressions, but also about creating an independent conjugate effect that resonates with Western philosophy and art in the two-way exchange of Eastern and Western art that have become increasingly globalized.

The cultural parallels and contrasts between the East and the West are not binary — sometimes disrupted, other times overlapped, but they always complement each other through subtle multi-directional interactions, allowing the horizon of contemporary art to expand beyond the boundary of a single cultural system.

Tina Keng Gallery remaps the historical dimensions of Chinese contemporary art for our first-ever presentation at Frieze New York — starting from Wu Dayu, who combines Eastern and Western painting philosophies into Dynamic Expressionism, Yun Gee’s modernist painting explorations in the early 20th century, continuing on to Li-lan, Zhang Hongtu, and Tony Wong, who transform traditional Chinese cultural elements into pictorial narratives, and Su Xiaobai’s sculpturesque painting that derives from a fusion of refined historical symbols and traditional Chinese lacquer art.

Delving into the past hundred years of Chinese art, this presentation aims to create a relevant context of modern and contemporary Chinese art that both inherits and deconstructs cultural legacy, while looking back at the junction of Western contemporary art and Chinese art through a creative lens that blends Eastern and Western philosophy, ultimately in search of more artistic possibilities.