We are delighted to announce our participation in Art Basel OVR:2021, Art Basel’s edition of Online Viewing Rooms dedicated to works produced in 2021. Our Viewing Room will feature Chinese American, San Francisco-based Xiaoze Xie's works. Artist travels the world photographing books and manuscripts in various library collections and creates paintings. "Library Series" depicts various subjects from institutional collections in the USA, China, and Canada. The new Library series is a continuation of Xiaoze Xie’s New York solo show at Asia Society titled ‘Objects of Evidence’ in 2019.
Chinese American artist, Xiaoze Xie, travels the world photographing books and manuscripts in various library collections and creates paintings based on his photographs. Deeply fascinated by books as material forms of memory, history and collective and individual consciousness, Xie has dedicated himself to this project for almost three decades. New paintings from the "Library Series" depict various subjects from institutional collections in the United States, China, and Canada. Experimenting across the divide between photorealism and abstraction, Xie's oil paintings present richly textured, palpable, almost three-dimensional forms in muted, cavernous spaces, creating a theatrical mise en scène, in which history and memory stand center stage. In Xie's brush and ink studies of Chinese books, strata of pages in the process of quiet deterioration transform into abstract patterns composed of modulating brush strokes and varying gradations of ink washes, influenced by classical Chinese landscape paintings.
Virtual Studio Visit with Xiaoze Xie
A Peek into the Creative Process
Sat, Feb 12, 2022, 11am - 12 noon (Palo Alto)
Artist Xiaoze Xie will introduce his newest paintings from the renowned "Library Series," sharing his ideas and creative process, at his beautiful studio on the campus of Stanford University.