Xiaoyu Weng

  • Xinyi Cheng, Where do the noses go?, 2021, oil on canvas, 23 5⁄8 × 28 3⁄4".


    Based in Toronto and New York, Xiaoyu Weng is the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator and head of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario and an adviser for Kadist. She previously served as associate curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and in 2019 curated the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg, Russia.


    Cheng’s deeply moving survey “Seen Through Others” was imbued with moments of intimacy, desire, and humor. Often drawn from real-life encounters, the characters, animals,

  • Lin Yilin, Golden Bridge, 2011, color photograph of performance, dimensions variable.
    picks June 25, 2012

    Lin Yilin

    Through performance, video, installation, and photography, Lin Yilin’s practice investigates how individual gestures challenge conventional norms of human behavior in public space. Pushing the existing boundaries of social and urban constraints, his practice constantly tests the political impact created by interactions between the human body and its surroundings.

    The exhibition “Golden Journey” is the result of a three-month residency Lin did in San Francisco last fall, during which he collaborated with local residents and artist communities to create a series of idiosyncratic performances that

  • Guo Hongwei, Give Me a Hand, 2012, collage on paper, 15 x 17 1/2”.
    picks March 17, 2012

    “Boy: A Contemporary Portrait”

    Challenging conventions typically associated with young men, the first group exhibition at this new gallery in Shanghai features installations, collages, paintings, videos, and photographs that create a compelling, unorthodox portrait of boys: melancholic, puzzling, sensuous, and whimsical. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s video installation Faith, 2006, is a dreamlike scenario of two male astronauts floating in a minimalist spaceship interior. In contrast to the perpetual changes of reality––where loss and pain are inevitable––the universe created in Faith reflects the artist’s longing for an eternal

  • View of “Painting Between the Lines,” 2011.
    picks November 03, 2011

    “Painting Between the Lines”

    After organizing a trilogy of exhibitions inspired by iconic American novels (“The Wizard of Oz” in 2008, “Moby Dick” in 2009, and “Huckleberry Finn” in 2010), Wattis director Jens Hoffmann has now relayed the task of investigating the relationship between literature and art to fourteen artists. For “Painting Between the Lines,” they were each commissioned to create a work based on a description of painting from a book. While the curatorial premise of “reintroducing literature as a viable subject for painting” is straightforward, it also ambitiously engages the historical discourse regarding