Xia Xiaowan: Infinity

Infinity is a solo exhibition by the Mainland Chinese artist Xia Xiaowan, which showcases large-scale pastel works with selected series from the 1980s to the present, the boundless dynamic and diversified artistic exploration is the characteristic of his 40-year career.

The Ark is inspired by the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, which involves the continuity of life and the hope of redemption. Xia started to create the Ark in 2019. It took a year to create and complete it shortly after the pandemic began. As one of his most important works in recent years, Ark has a rich style and grand theme, which happens to be related to the present. Nearly a hundred creatures depicted in the works seem to grow independently, but they evolve and shape each other and merge into a whole.

The relationship between subject matter and structure has always been an important focus of Xia’s work in recent years. In more traditional art, the theme will determine the creative methods, narrative structure, and modeling relationships used in the work. The structure aims to better clarify the subject. Realism has its own structure and modeling methods, while classicism has its own tools and methods. Xia tried to change the past restrictions on themes and structures, reconnecting reality, themes, stories, structures, and models. The Ark is no longer for better telling the biblical story; this is just a prelude to his structure and modeling experiment index.

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Fernando Botero: Living with Botero

Living with Botero is a solo show by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, which showcases a way of life, a unique combination of passion, tranquility, and community.

Botero’s vivid and diverse paintings, drawings, and sculptures recreate the artist’s apartment in the gallery, including several paintings hanging in Botero’s house, filled with the dazzling joy and bright warmth of South America, his iconic boterismo style is a full, joyous holiday, but also bitter and disrespectful.

When viewers enter the environment familiar to the artist in their work, this is an open invitation to everyone, a kind of immersion and interaction. The woman in the bathroom is an all-out artist, with an exciting and energetic palette, with a cordial and gentle depiction of size and volume. This is a kind of mischief and the most active and passionate life. The decibels of this painting is higher than daily life we might know. For an artist, the quality of the art you create depends on the people you admire.

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Chen Wei: The Last Night

The Last Night is a solo exhibition by the Beijing-based artist Chen Wei, which stares at the urban space. From large-scale photography to cross-media lighting installations, the landscapes in these works are full of intimacy, and the still life also reveals magnificence. Between fiction and reality, man-made objects and fragments, his works tell the common experience of urbanites: dreams, malfunctions, afterimages and memories are mixed.

They form a “New City” landscape that resists abstraction, and firmly preserves concrete objects and life experiences. The nostalgic sentimentality is difficult to shelter in the present, so in the exhibition, bid farewell to the sad gaze of the past, it looks ahead and sees a new city under construction.

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Liu Zhengyong Solo Exhibition

Liu Zhengyong solo exhibition that is a series of new works is the result of Liu’s participation in the Artist-in-Residence program, which showcases more than 20 works were created from July 2020 to May 2021.

His works mainly involve painting and installation art that have heavy textures, bright colors, and distorted images, it often features real characters such as celebrities, close friends, and self-portraits. Using the body as a clue, the artist explored the present and past aspects of human nature from an individual perspective.

Through his works, he rethinks and reconstructs the deep logic behind the relationship between body materialization and invisible time, and pays attention to the process of creation rather than the pursuit of the final result, and constantly emphasizes the exploration of painting and its form construction, image, and its spiritual core.

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Adam Grant: Think Again

In Think Again, author Adam Grant @adamgrant combines research and storytelling to help us build the intellectual and emotional muscles needed to be curious enough about the world to actually change the world, creating a culture of learning and exploration, whether at home or at work, or at school. In an increasingly divided world, the curriculum in this book is more important than ever. It examines the critical art of rethinking, learning to question your own opinions, and opening up the minds of others, which allows you to excel at work. Achievement, gaining wisdom in life is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there is another set of cognitive skills that may be more important: the ability to rethink and forget to learn.

In our daily lives, too many of us prefer the comfort of conviction rather than the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, not ideas that make us think seriously. We see disagreement as a threat to ourselves, not as an opportunity to learn. When we should be attracted by those who challenge our thought process, everyone around us agrees with our conclusions.

As a result, our beliefs become fragile long before our bones. We have too many ideas, like missionaries defending our sacred beliefs, prosecutors who prove the other party’s mistakes, and politicians who seek approval—and too few scientists seek the truth. Intelligence is hopeless, and it may even be a curse: good thinking will make us less good at rethinking.

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