16/12/2023 - Xie Nanxing: Hello, Portrait!
Xie Nanxing: Hello, Portrait!
Thomas dane gallery
Until 16 December 2023
Portraiture is where Xie Nanxing (b. 1970, Chongqing) is at his most playful and experimental. It is, he suggests, the soil that helps his ideas to grow. His most recent portraits display many of the paradoxes and contradictions that are typical of his practice: an engagement with art history that is both deeply academic and mischievously irreverent; the use of highly personal subject matter to explore complex philosophical questions about the nature of representation; a commitment to the most traditional of genres as a way of bringing painting into new territory.