• Painting by Wassily Kandinsky, "Noir bigarré," 1935.

    Wassily Kandinsky. Noir bigarré, 1935. Oil on canvas, 45 11/16 x 35 1/16 inches (116 x 89 cm). Photo: Kitmin Lee. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang)Exhibition

Hong Kong
March 26 - May 18, 2019

Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang)

Lévy Gorvy is delighted to present its inaugural exhibition in Hong Kong, Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang)—an exhibition that offers a lineage of Eastern and Western artists whose practices look to the natural world for cohesion and clarity. Examining the ideas of inherited tradition, materiality of nature, and the mystery of spirituality that artists throughout the history of Eastern and Western art come back to in times of moral, cultural, and political crisis, Return to Nature will include works by Wu Dayu, Song Dong, Wassily Kandinsky, Hao Liang, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, Claude Monet, Pierre Soulages, Pat Steir, Yan Wenliang, Wu Yinxian, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.

The words of the exhibition’s title are found in The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons (Wen Xin Diao Long), an influential book of literary theory written by Liu Xie of the 5th century Southern Dynasty. “Zao Xue” means to keep the spirit pure, while “Han Zhang” refers to a breadth of mind. In times of moral, cultural, and political crisis throughout the histories of Eastern and Western art, artists have returned to such fundamental qualities; they look to the assuredness of ancestral roots and inherited traditions, the vibrant materiality of nature, and the existential mysteries of spirituality. Merging the human imagination with the creative capacity of nature, the artists in Return to Nature choose not to participate in the chaos of humanity, seeking instead to grapple with a reality seemingly more solid and unified than our own.

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Selected Works

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  • Painting by Pierre Soulages: Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 6 octobre 1963 1963

    Pierre Soulages.
    Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 6 octobre 1963
    1963.
    Oil on canvas,
    63 7/8 x 51 1/4 inches (162 x 130 cm).
    Photo: Studio SEBERT.
    © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

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  • Painting by Wu Dayu: Untitled 35. No date.

    Wu Dayu.
    Untitled-35.
    Oil on canvas,
    22 13/16 x 15 3/16 inches (58 x 38.5 cm).

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  • Painting by Yinxian Wu: Chinese Hibiscus, 1977.

    Yinxian Wu.
    Chinese Hibiscus,
    1977.
    Chromogenic color print,
    6 5/8 x 10 11/16 inches (16.8 x 27.2 cm).

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  • Painting by Zao Wou-Ki: Le Vert caresse l'orange - 11.06.2005 2005.

    Zao Wou-Ki.
    Le Vert caresse l'orange - 11.06.2005,
    2005.
    Oil on canvas,
    76 3/4 x 38 3/16 inches (195 x 97 cm).
    Photo: Dennis Bouchard.
    © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

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  • Painting by Piet Mondrian, "Stalk with Two Japanese Lilies," 1921.

    Piet Mondrian.
    Stalk with Two Japanese Lilies,
    1921.
    Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper,
    12 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches (31.5 x 31.5 cm).
    Photo: Kitmin Lee.

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  • Painting by Wassily Kandinsky, "Noir bigarré," 1935.

    Wassily Kandinsky.
    Noir bigarré,
    1935.
    Oil on canvas,
    45 11/16 x 35 1/16 inches (116 x 89 cm).
    Photo: Kitmin Lee.
    © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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  • Painting by Yinxian Wu: Huashan Mountain, 1962.

    Yinxian Wu.
    Huashan Mountain 001,
    1962.
    Gelatin silver print,
    8 1/2 x 11 11/16 inches (21.5 x 29.7 cm).

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  • Painting by Agnes Martin, "Untitled," 2003.

    Agnes Martin.
    Untitled,
    2003.
    Acrylic and graphite on canvas,
    60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm).
    Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.
    © Agnes Martin / DACS 2019.

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  • Painting by Yinxian Wu, Chinese quince 002, 1976.

    Yinxian Wu.
    Chinese quince 002,
    1976.
    Chromogenic color print,
    6 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches (16.5 x 24.5 cm).

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