previews

  • David Diao, Glissement, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 70 1/2 × 100".

    David Diao

    Ullens Center for Contemporary Art UCCA当代艺术中心
    798 Art Zone, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
    September 18 - November 15

    Curated by Philip Tinari

    David Diao’s working life as a painter is a model for us all: a serious and tumultuous fifty-year engagement with the unreliable certainties of art. In the 1970s, he took to the formalist ramparts against post-Minimal informality but was then sideswiped by Pictures and neo-expressionism. Irked by this turn of events, he started reading then-current theories of institutional critique, gender, and identity politics, and in 1984, with the work Glissement, he reinvented his practice as a droll examination of shifting realities in art, history, and personal experience. This long-overdue survey will include 130 works spanning Diao’s career; the catalogue, with essays by Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, and Philip Tinari, should help to chart the evolution of his formal strategies and critical wit.