• Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 40 Albemarle Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 40 Albemarle Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning, 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London, 2020. © Tu Hongtao. Photo: Stephen White & Co

Tu Hongtao: Twisting and TurningExhibition

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October 2 - November 28, 2020

 

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2 October–28 November 2020

22 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PY

 

6–22 October 2020

40 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4TE

 

Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning

Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce its first European exhibition with acclaimed Chinese artist Tu Hongtao (b. 1976). Following the gallery’s career survey of Tu’s paintings in Hong Kong in early 2020, this exhibition will debut new works never before exhibited. On view at both 22 Old Bond Street and 40 Albemarle Street, Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning features expansive paintings that occupy an expressive realm between landscape and abstraction, reflecting the atmosphere and influence of the rural area near where the artist resides. Tu synthesizes Chinese aesthetic traditions with postwar abstraction to create painterly effects that are vividly realized and profoundly original.

The exhibition’s title Twisting and Turning is inspired by the Chinese idiom Yibosanzhe—“a twist and three turns”—a phrase that originates from Jin Dynasty master calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303–361 CE). Originally referring to the elegant flourishes of Chinese calligraphy, the phrase now describes unpredictable, abruptly changing states of affairs, while also implying that good things never come easy. As Tu explains: “I understand these words as espousing a certain aesthetic sensibility, namely, that painting ought not to be too neat and orderly, nor artistic production too decorative; both, rather, should involve a kind of friction, as with a blade against a grindstone.” In the face of the uncertainty and global predicaments of the present, he has broken through with new forms of painterly expression in this new body of works.

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Selected Works

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Flowers in Mountain Shades

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    Flowers in the Mountain Shades
    2019–20
    Oil on canvas
    106 5/16 x 82 11/16 inches (270 x 210 cm)
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting A City of Sadness

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    A City of Sadness
    2019–20
    Oil on canvas
    70 7/8 x 110 1/4 inches (180 x 280 cm)
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Falling Leaves Rustling Down

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    Falling Leaves Rustling Down
    2019–20
    Oil on canvas
    106 5/16 x 82 11/16 inches (270 x 210 cm)
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Flowers in the Mountain Shades

    TU HONGTAO
    Flowers in the Mountain Shades
    2019–20
    Oil on canvas
    106 5/16 x 82 11/16 inches (270 x 210 cm)
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Green Mountains Shall See Me Like This

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    Green Mountains Shall See Me Like This
    2019
    Oil on canvas
    Four panels, each: 102 3/8 x 82 11/16 inches (260 x 210 cm)
    Overall: 102 3/8 x 330 11/16 inches (260 x 840 cm)
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Image of Strange Stones

    TU HONGTAO
    Image of Strange Stones
    2020
    Acrylic, charcoal, pastel, and watercolor on paper
    15 3/4 x 27 9/16 inches (40 x 70 cm) 
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Spring River in the Flower Moon Night

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    Spring River in the Flower Moon Night
    2019–20
    Oil on canvas
    82 11/16 x 126 inches (210 x 320 cm) 
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Stream-Fallen Leaves-Deep Valley

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    Stream-Fallen Leaves-Deep Valley
    2019–20
    Oil on canvas
    51 3/16 x 39 3/8 inches (130 x 100 cm)
    © Tu Hongtao

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  • Tu Hongtao's painting Swinging Time

    TU HONGTAO
    Swinging Time
    2019–20
    Oil on canvas
    70 7/8 x 110 1/4 inches (180 x 280 cm)
    © Tu Hongtao

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"Tu Hongtao: Twisting and Turning" | 22 Old Bond Street, Lévy Gorvy London 2020

October 21, 2020

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