Xu Lei Augmented Dream, 2015 Chinese ink and mineral on silk 60 5/8 x 106 1/4 inches 154 x 270 centimeters
Marlborough Gallery, New York, is presenting Xu Lei: New Works, an exhibition of works in Chinese ink and mineral pigments on silk by Xu Lei. The exhibition, which opens on May 12th and will remain on view until June 18th, will be the artist’s first solo exhibition with Marlborough Gallery.
While Xu Lei has been a prominent artistic figure in his native China since the mid-1980s, this occasion marks his first major solo exhibition in the United States. Trained in classic Chinese painting techniques, and using traditional tools, the artist, who has had ties with the avant-garde “85 New Wave” movement, utilizes his own visual language in order to explore the relationship between the notions of “emptiness” and “phenomenal form.”
In his refined and singular practice, Xu Lei retraces and revives the past while creating a dialogue between modernity and tradition. Using rich hues, especially his favored blue, the artist evokes fantastical places—mountains, seas, skies—that are layered with noble emotion.
Xu Lei’s work can be found in public collections including Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China; Beijing Today Art Museum; Beijing, China; and Nanjing Arts Institute, Nanjing, China.