Bridging – Important Female Artists of Our Time

In collaboration with Marlborough Fine Art, Galerie Huit is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring four female artists from the international art stage. This exhibition will be held at the Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre from 15 to 26 November, 2013. Press Reception and Opening Cocktail will be held on Friday, 15 November from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For this exhibition, we are pleased to present artwork from internationally recognized artists Maggi Hambling, Paula Rego, Yan Ping and Xiang Jing.

  • Exhibition Period: 15 – 26 November 2013

In the 1960s what could be seen as a “zeitgeist” of innovation and progress came into effect with respect to art historical discourse. One aspect of this was the development of a set of methodologies that recognized and probed gender issues, making them—and the artists affected—visible within the art historical record. Since that time these methodologies have become ubiquitous in the work of cultural theory, with one result being the understanding of the importance of female artists in the art world.

Theorists of feminist art history have accused traditional art history of coming to reflect an institutionalized sexism. Art histories have been the product of a patriarchal social milieu, and as such art historical norms have reflected those of the society of which it is a part. These have included the restrictions on female identity, and, as the French writer Simone de Beauvoir describes, an assumption of the woman’s role as “Le Deuxieme Sexe” – The Second Sex, that which internalizes the male gaze, and, with it, its expectations.

In response, an identifiable genre of feminist-inflected artworks has developed since the 1970s, which chooses to address these issues in various ways. In this way a number of female artists have succeeded in breaking with the social norms imposed upon them, becoming in the process major artists. Four of whom, coming from different nationalities, ages, and aesthetic focuses, are included in the current exhibition at Galerie Huit.

Galerie Huit, in collaboration with Marlborough, promote the most significant art works, as well as delve into their initial insights and breakthroughs, and the challenges that these now well-known female artists were informed by, and will face in the future.

This exhibition, Bridging, not only concentrates on the perspectives of these four female artists in order to explore their experiences of crossing entrenched gender boundaries, but also expresses the artistic ambition of Galerie Huit and Marlborough to cross borders, to discover a commonality in the arts between the East and the West, and to establish a platform of international influence.

 

About the Artists:

 

Maggi Hambling

Born in 1945 in Suffolk, British artist Maggi Hambling achieved public recognition in 1980 when she was chosen as the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery. Her public sculpture, appearances on Channel 4’s art quiz show “Gallery,” and refusal to conform to a conventional art world have continually brought her to the public eye as a distinct personality within the art world. A figurative painter, sculptor and printmaker, she expresses a strong identification with her subjects through her use of bold colours and powerful strokes. Her numerous awards include the Arts Council Award in 1977, the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1995, and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture in 2005. Additionally, her artwork can be seen in public collections across the United Kingdom and internationally including the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the British Museum in London, the Foundation du Musée de la Main in Lausanne, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, and the Tate Collection in London.

 

Paula Rego

While born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935, figurative artist Paula Rego relocated to London permanently in 1976, and considers England to be her “adopted country.” Establishing an early reputation with her surreal collages, a retrospective in 1988 at the Serpentine Gallery in London confirmed her international reputation. In June 2010, she was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to art, only the fourth female artist to be recognized in this way. Since her success on the international art stage, she has enjoyed several major retrospectives, including at the Tate Gallery Liverpool and the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon in 1997; at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and the National Musuem of Women in the Arts, Washington DC in 2007-2008; and at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paolo, Brazil in 2010-2011. Her artwork can be seen in public collections across the globe, including the British Museum in London, the Frissiras Museum in Athens, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego in Cascais, and the National Gallery in London.

 

Yan Ping

Born in 1956 in Jinan City, Shandong Province, Chinese artist Yan Ping is currently a professor at Xu Beihong School of Arts at Renmin University, director of the Chinese Oil Painting Academic Society, and director of the China Artist Association. Her interior scenes are characterized by splendid colour and dominated by overflowing bouquets of vivid flowers. She has achieved recognition across China with awards including the silver medal at the Chinese Annual Exhibition of Oil Painting 1993, the nominated award at the Chinese Oil Painting Biennale, and the Outstanding Award for her painting “Sister-in-Law of Mine” at the Sixth National Art Exhibition. Her artwork can be seen in public collections across China, including the Shanghai Art Museum and the National Museum of China in Beijing.

 

Xiang Jing

Born in Beijing in 1968, Xiang Jing graduated from Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in 1995. She had been lecturer of sculpture studio at Fine Art College of Shanghai Normal University from 1999 to 2007. Xiang Jing founded Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci (X+Q) Sculpture Studio with her husband and artist Qu Guangci in 2007. Xiang Jing now works and lives in Beijing.

“Speaking through the body” used to be one of Xiang Jing’s trademarks. Ever since her two solo exhibitions Keep in Silence (2003-2005) and Naked Beyond Skin (2006-2007), Xiang Jing has been thinking and creating works around the subject of female body. Her artistic language has matured through “The Virgin series”, “The Body series”, and “Naked Beyond Skin series”, as manifested in some of her most important works such as Your Body (2005), The Open (2006), and Are a Hundred Playing You? Or Only One? (2007). Boldly experimenting with her sculptural language, Xiang Jing is also mindful about engaging space and mirror images when creating and installing her works. Eventually, Xiang Jing’s artistic concerns go beyond the female identity and sex – for her, the body is used as a premise to explain and explore how a certain group is related to the greater world.Xiang Jing’s solo exhibition Will Things Ever Get Better? From 2011 uses the acrobats series and the animal series to explore the topic of ‘predicament’ and ‘human being’s fate’, opening many new possibilities in Xiang Jing’s art.