Liu Wei - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    An abstract construction of monochrome grid-like patterns represents a modern Chinese city teeming with high-rise buildings—Colours No. 14 is a prime example from Liu Wei’s Colours series. The monochromatic scheme’s stillness forms a marked contrast to the exuberant colours used in the former series, Purple Air. Colours No. 14 through its horizontal bands and blocks of cool grey conveys a different perspective on Beijing’s intensive urbanisation. A cityscape constructed through layers of densely packed vertical and horizontal lines representing high rise buildings observed through a venetian blind allude to the recurring theme of architecture and urban life in Liu’s multifaceted practice. Liu explores this universal theme of humanity, utilising buildings and cities as the blueprint of human existence by investigating its environment and urbanisation in relation to society. This is an ultimate reflection and embodiment of Liu’s experience of living in that environment.

    Liu’s working method consists of creating a digital design using a computer software to generate pixels and patterns. This is then realised onto canvas by his team of assistants in his studio who are given step by step instructions and supervised by Liu himself. Occasionally Liu embraces the organic process, choosing not to intervene and allowing for some improvisation as he prefers the slight imperfections that come from human hands. This procedure parallels his approach to art, where he maps out guideline but does not let himself become restricted by it during the artistic process.

    Liu’s acclaimed works have been featured at the 45th and 46th Venice Biennale, and exhibited at the Pompidou Centre, Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Colours No. 14

signed and dated ‘Liu Wei [in Chinese and Pinyin] 2012' on the reverse
oil on canvas
130 x 114.8 cm. (51 1/8 x 45 1/4 in.)
Painted in 2012.

HK$800,000 - 1,000,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018