ShanghART Gallery is delighted to announce Li Shan’s solo exhibition at The Armory Show 2022, focusing on his long-term research in the field of Bio Art. Li Shan, born in 1942 in Heilongjiang, China, is one of the leading figures in Chinese contemporary art. Over his fifty-year artistic career, he has been a participant and witness to many important art movements and has played a central role in developing contemporary art in China.
This exhibition selects important and never seen works from 25 critical years of the artist's career. These five works attest to Li Shan’s insistence on contemplation, constant exploration, and reflection on the relationship between human beings and nature through artistic creation.
In 1993, inspired by the half-human, half-animal Loughton Candidate, by the young Matthew Barney, Li Shan began to sketch and experiment with his Bio Art, the Reading series, which includes very early artworks completed under the guidance of molecular biology. The logic of his Bio Artworks is to combine different parts of animals and human beings through genetic transcription and technology, filling the picture with his wild imagination of the possibility of creatures and human beings. These often winged, heteromorphic creatures, grow and populate the frames like living cells.
Documentation of Li Shan’s numerous sketches (presented on a screen) let the public enjoy the artist’s creativity and research and gain insight into the visual strategies and decision-making process for creating Bio Art.
Future of the Arts, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2019); Decoding (Solo) ShanghART, Shanghai (2019); Supernatural, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney (2018); Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A.(2017); PSA Collection Series (Solo), Power Station of Art, Shanghai(2017); Extension Expansion (Solo), MoCA@Loewen, Singapore(2014); Reading Li Shan (Solo) MOCA, Taipei (2012); Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); The Pumpkin Project (Solo), ShanghART, Shanghai (2007); Inside Out, Asia Society; PS1, New York (1998); Biennial of Sao Paulo (1994); China's New Art, Post 1989, Art Centre, Hong Kong (1993); Venice Biennale (1993); Li Shan (Solo), Shanghai Theater Academy (1990); China/Avant-Garde Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1989) .
Related Artists: LI SHAN 李山