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The coming December of 2012 will see PACE BEIJING holding it s third annual event “BEIJING VOICE” with the exhibition of “BEIJING VOICE: Zhang Xiaogang” as its anchor program. An internationally renowned Chinese contemporary artist\, Zhang Xiaogang would cooperate with PACE for a third time in the wake of his “Revision” exhibition in PACE in 2008 in New York and “The Records” exhibition in PACE BEIJING in 2009. As an artist believin g in the power of drawing\, Zhang Xiaogang sticks to painting’s narrative q uality and tries almost single-mindedly to bring historical continuity of a rt to the contemporary art scene. Thereby it will be the focus of the third “BEIJING VOICE” to explore Zhang’s creative career\, which is not only alm ost the longest but also one of the most constantly active among all the Ch inese contemporary artists. Reconstructing and juxtaposing typical images o f history and reality\, collective and private memories\, Zhang Xiaogang br ings history and memory to the present. Despite the fact that this period o f history and its experience was a regional one\, the collectivistic\, Utop ian spirit at its base aimed to liberate man in the spirit of cosmopolitism . Also\, from the pictorial level\, we can establish a certain connection b etween Chuck Close\, Gerhard Richter and Zhang Xiaogang\, which enriches th e depth of the world of imagery. Close’s paintings are a logical\, material and physical analysis of portraits\; Richter’s paintings are a philosophy of images\; while Zhang’s paintings are about the historic issues of human kind. Among these images are the birthmark-like prints and bloodlines in “B ig Family Series”\, the colored shades on the face and tear stains under th e eyes in “Amnesia and Memory Series”\, the electric wires\, lamp cords\, i nk and pens in “In-Out Series”\, the lines representing blood ties in “Gree n Wall Series” and the parallel tracks in “Train Window Series”. All these images extend the cultural historical memory contained in the artist’s self -exploration which is exuberant with a mildness and tenderness that are unm istakably Zhang’s. Moreover\, they could also be understood as a continued personalized expression of a collective memory. It is exactly Zhang’s primi tive expression and adherence to the traditional culture that brings back o ur belief in and worship of the narrative quality of painting. What Zhang t ries to do through painting is no less than reconstructing “humans” and rei nvigorating faith in an era overflowing with concepts such as “Super Flat” and “Cool”. The melancholy and isolated figures immersed in contemplation i n Zhang Xiaogang’s works have already been interpreted by the West as the a rchetypes of contemporary China. In his new works\, the artist would again return to his old acquaintance the old painting and continue his stylized t one with stains of time and warmth of life. The works are marked with the a rtist’s idiosyncratic honesty and reserve as well as his poetic sensitivity and hesitation. Zhang Xiaogang would narrate in a way that is filled with emotional connotation yet still retain the touch of rationality. And people could see him trying to figure out a complex relationship between men and society through the construction of a cultural memory that is shared by the Chinese people of particular historical periods. And once again in these n ew works--the glimmering flashlight representing hope and confidence in the future and the plum trees and potted pine trees standing for a platonic id ealism--we could touch the tracks of history and feel the warmth deep insid e of us through the classic language of Zhang Xiaogang. BEIJING VOICE was f irst held as an annual event by PACE BEIJING in 2010. The first event “BEIJ ING VOICE: Together or Isolated” used the form of exhibition to explore a n umber of phenomenon and problems existing in the contemporary art of China. And the second event “BEIJING VOICE: Leaving Realism Behind” discussed the effects and interpretations of the cross-fertilization of abstract art bet ween the East and the West. In the third event\, “BEIJING VOICE” will place the solo show of Zhang Xiaogang at its centre. In the thirty-year history\ , Chinese contemporary art in general and Zhang Xiaogang in particular have both absorbed a gigantic amount of Western culture and art. Zhang’s works never sever his connection with history and memory or cease to do experimen ts with constantly changing forms of art. With his extensive contemplation on history and memory\, we could see Zhang Xiaogang exploring not only the new possibilities of contemporary culture but also the process of the satis faction of self-development as well as the formation of self-awareness. Thi s solo exhibition of Zhang Xiaogang which will last from December 13th 2012 to February 28th 2013\, will serve as the first opening of his global solo shows. After this exhibition in PACE BEIJING\, Zhang Xiaogang’s solo exhib ition will be held another round in PACE at New York in April 2013 with dif ferent creating artworks\, and solo exhibition in PACE LONDON will be follo wing next. Ever since 1989\, Zhang Xiaogang has already held 18 solo shows and attended more than 150 group exhibitions. His solo show sites have cove red not only Asia but also Europe and North America including exhibitions i n China\, Japan\, Korea\, Australia\, America\, France and Finland.

DTEND:20130227 DTSTAMP:20140831T062047 DTSTART:20121213 GEO:39.921034;116.443188 LOCATION:Pace Beijing\,798 Art District\, No. 2 Jiuxiangqiao Road\, Chaoyan g District \nBeijing\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beijing Voice\, Zhang Xiaogang UID:248166 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR