The Great Celestial Abstraction 

XNUMXst Century Chinese Art
NAMOC - National Art Museum of China

Beijing

Written by Achille Bonito Oliva

The topicality of abstract painting by Chinese artists lies in the strong cadence of a work that has been able to find a balance between the creative process and the formal result.

Chinese Abstraction with its softness with its cruelties, with its complexity, with its ancient roots Dao and Zen, Chaos and Cosmos, analysis and synthesis, is a dimension of belonging to the whole world of the subject, here that Chinese abstraction has its naturalness in being a language that can develop a constructive attitude.

Contemporary Chinese art is the result of a long pictorial road, which has emancipated itself from manual skills as a simple confirmation of tradition. He has acquired, going beyond the executive discipline, a valence of individual gestures and a conceptual quality that allows us to recognize the latest Chinese generations a place in the international scene in artistic research.

The artists all have a different age from each other and it is possible to trace an abstraction in continuous transformation from the first one that began in 1973 that evolves from symbolic value into mental substance, up to the 90s to the present day where painting acquires a minimal and finds a consonance with Western artistic research for which art is a "mental thing" as Leonardo Da Vinci said.

The artists on display are 15:

YU YOUHAN - 1943

LI HUASHENG - 1944

LIANG QUAN - 1948

MA KELU - 1954

ZHANG JIANJUN - 1955

XIANGYANG LI - 1956

LIU XUGUANG - 1958

ZHANG YU - 1959

TAN PING - 1960

MENG LUDING - 1962

ZHANG HAO - 1962

XU HONGMING - 1971

ZHOU YANGMING - 1971

SHE HONG - 1972