Liu Wei  (Chinese, 1972) 

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Liu Wei (Chinese, b.1972) works in many types of media including installation, video, drawing, painting, and sculpture. He graduated from the China Academy of Art in 1996 and began his career as part of a subversive movement that called itself Post-Sense Sensibility. The movement wanted to create extreme experiences for those seeing their work and embraced improvisation, irrationality, and intuition. A 1999 show called Post-Sense, Sensibility, Alien Bodies and Delusion is remembered for its visceral sculptures of human and animal bodies and body parts. Liu showed a piece of video art called Hard to Restrain featuring naked people running around across multiple channels.

The artist’s major works include Indigestion II, a model of human excrement made from tar and Love it! Bite it!, a model of parliament buildings made from dried gut normally sold as chew toys for dogs. His Super Structure series of model cityscapes is also constructed from dog chews. Purple Air is a series of oil paintings that depict stylized skyscrapers. The series titled Landscape Series is made of photographs of human buttocks. He builds very few of his own works himself; instead he directs local villagers as they produce his ideas. Even Liu's paintings are created by the artist digitally, transferred to a canvas, and filled in by his assistants. He gives his assistants instructions, which they follow. As they are completing his instructions, he considers the next step, allowing for some improvisation in his work. Despite his hands-off approach to his artwork, he has resisted automating his work. He prefers the imperfect work that human hands create. His major influences include Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) and Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968).

Liu is currently based in Beijing and represented in China by the Courtyard Gallery, in New York by the Jack Tilton Gallery, and in Singapore by Asian Art Options. He has been featured in many exhibitions around the world, including 21: World Wide Video Festival in Amsterdam, Cineame du Reel at the Pompidou Center in France, Between Past and Future in New York at the International Center for Photography, and Over One Billion Served in Denver at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Liu Wei, 紫氣 三 第11 號 (Purple Air III No.11)

 

Liu Wei
紫氣 三 第11 號 (Purple Air III No.11)
2006

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
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Liu Wei, Merely a Mistake II No.6

 

Liu Wei
Merely a Mistake II No.6
2009-2011

Lehmann Maupin
Liu Wei, Library II - III

 

Liu Wei
Library II - III
2013

Long March Space
Liu Wei, Round Table

 

Liu Wei
Round Table
2012

Long March Space
Liu Wei, Merely a Mistake II No.12

 

Liu Wei
Merely a Mistake II No.12
2011

Long March Space
Liu Wei, Jungle No.4

 

Liu Wei
Jungle No.4
2012

Long March Space
Liu Wei, 'Inside the White Cube', 9x9x9 and North Gallery, White Cube Bermondsey, London

 

Liu Wei
'Inside the White Cube', 9x9x9 and North Gallery, White Cube Bermondsey, London
White Cube
Liu Wei, Merely A Mistake II No.1

 

Liu Wei
Merely A Mistake II No.1
2009-2012

White Cube
Liu Wei, untitled

 

Liu Wei
untitled
2009

White Cube
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Liu Wei, Purple air series

 

Liu Wei
Purple air series, 2007
oil on canvas

 

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Liu Wei, Library IV

 

Liu Wei
Library IV, 2013
books, wood, board and iron

 

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Liu Wei, 无题 (Untitled)

 

Liu Wei
无题 (Untitled)
oil on canvas

 

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1972   Born in Beijing, China
1996   Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Zhejiang Province, China
2006   Chinese Contemporary Art Award, honorable mention
2008   Chinese Contemporary Art Award, Best Artist
2011   Credit Suisse Today Art Award, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012   Martell Artist of the Year Award
  Currently lives and works in Beijing, China
2013   Every Day Matters, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013   Shamans & Dissent, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2013   Art Basel Unlimited 2013, Basel
2013   Re:emerge: Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates
2013   Liu Wei, Lehmann Maupin, New York (solo)
2013   West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
2013   Sharjah Biennial Re: emerge – towards a new cultural cartography, Sharjah, UAE
2013   Void, Arrow Factory, Beijing, China (solo)
2012   Liu Wei, Long March Space, Beijing, China (solo)
2012   Liu Wei: Foreign, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
2012   The 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2012   EDIT: Image Fetish and Phobia, ShanghART H – SPACE, Shanghai, China
2012   Martell Artists of the Year, Today Art Museum, Beijing; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; China
2012   La Chambre Claire, Taikang Space, Beijing, China
2012   Inside the White Cube, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK
2012   CIGE, China World Trade Centre, Beijing, China
2012   Adumbration Exhibition, re-C Art Space, Chengdu, China
2012   Water Stains On The Wall – The Carrier of Formation, Zhejiang Art Museum, Zhejiang, China
2011   Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
2011   Myriad Beings, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
2011   Trilogy, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)
2011   About Painting, Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2011   Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
2011   Frieze, London, U.K.
2011   FIAC, Paris, France
2011   Credit Suisse Today Art Award 2011 Finalists Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2011   Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2011   The Shape of Time – the multinarrative history in contemporary Chinese art, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2011   Thirty years of Chinese Contemporary Art – Moving Image in China 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2011   Shanshui, Lucerne Museum of Art, Lucerne, Switzerland
2011   The Hague under the Heaven, The Hague Sculpture, The Hague, Netherlands
2011   ACT>TION – video exhibition, Long March Space, Beijing, China
2010   DREAMLANDS, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
State of Things, Exhibition of the Contemporary Art Exchange between China and Belgium, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Roundtrip: Beijing, New York NOW, Selections from the Domus Collection, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Long March Project, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Shanghai Biennale Rehearsal, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Breaking Forecast- 8 Key Figures of China, New Generation Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art,Beijing, China
2010   Diversion Era: Liu Wei, CAN Foundation, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
2009   The Big World: Recent Art From China, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA
2009   Breaking Forecast – 8 Key Figures of China’s New Generation Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2009   The Forgotten Experience, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France (solo)
Yes, That's All, Beors-Li Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
ShContemporary 09 Asia-Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
State of Things, Exhibition of the Contemporary Art Exchange between China and Belgium, BOZAR Center for the Arts,Brussels, Belgium
The New Attitude of Image, Tang Contemporary, Beijing, China
Bourgeoisified Proletariat, ShanghART Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai, China
Farewell to Postcolonialism, Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
2008   Expenditure, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea
Building Code Violations II, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Revolution Continues, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.
The Borders of Utopia, Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2008   Farewell to Postcolonialism, Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
2008   Upcoming: New World Order, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
2008   Community of Tastes, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2008   Our Future, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2008   Sprout from White Nights, Bonnierskonsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2008   Dior and Chinese Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2008   Mahjong: Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA
2008   CYLWXZ, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007   The History of a Decade that Has Not Yet Been Named, Ninth Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
NONO, Long March Space, Beijing, China
7 Characters: New Art from China, Mayor Gallery, London, UK
China Now, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Lyon Biennial 2007, Lyon, France
China Power Station: Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
Barcelona-Paris-Pekin, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain
Year of the Golden Pig: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Art in Motion: Chinese Contemporary Art Meets the BMW Art Cars, Long March Space, Beijing, China
The Outcast, UniversalStudios-Beijing, Beijing, China (solo)
Love It, Bite It, China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing, China (solo)
2006   Property of L.W, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China (solo)
Purple Air, Grace Li Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Fiction@Love, MOCA Shanghai , Shanghai , China
Contemporary China, PKM Gallery, Seoul , Korea
Yellow box, Qingpu, Shanghai , China
The second space for contemporary ink work -idylls and visions, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou , China
ALLLOOKSAME?/TUTTTUGUALE? - Art from China , Korea and Japan, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin , Italy
The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art , Seoul , Korea
2006   Long March Capital, Long March Space, Beijing, China
2006   Thirty-Eight Solo Exhibitions, Creative Garden, Shanghai, China
2006   The Twelve: Chinese Contemporary Art Awards, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2006   Idylls and Visions: The Second Space for Contemporary Ink Work, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2006   It's All Right! BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, China
2006   City Limits: Shanghai / Los Angeles, University Art Museum, Long Beach, USA
2006   China Now, Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuberg, Germany
2004 - 2006   Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; International Center for Photography, New York, USA
2005   Battlefield: The Courtyard Gallery Annex, Beijing (solo)
The Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
51st Venice Biennale: Venice, Italy
Mahjong: Bern, Switzerland
First Nanjing Triennial: Nanjing, China
2005   The New Long March Space Inaugural Exhibition, Long March Space, Beijing, China
2005   Outside, Long March Space, Beijing, China
2005   Beyond: The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
2005   Something's Happening, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, China
2005   Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA
2004   Chinese Eyes: Contemporary Photography from China, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
2004   Shanghai Biennale, Techniques of the Visible: Shanghai, China
Regeneration, touring exhibition, USA
Exhibitions Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, International Center of Photography and The Asia Society, New York, Smart Museum of Art (touring exhibition)
Museum of Contemporary, Chicago, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Art House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2003   Open Sky, Duolun Museum of Art, Shanghai, China
The Fifth System: Public Art in the Age of Post-Planning, Shenzhen, China
Together with Migrant, Today Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Double Time, China Academy of Fine Arts, Huangzhou, China
Second Hand Reality, Today Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Refine 798, 798, Beijing, China
2003   Hello, Comrade Mingong, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2003   Nasty, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, China
2002   The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Mirage, Godot Art Museum, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China
Everyday Attitude: An Exhibition of Chinese Photo-Based Arts, Pingyao, Shanxi, China
Too Much Flavour, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China; Avant-Garde, Hakaren, Singapore
2001   Post-Sensibility Spree, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China
Non-Linear Narrative, Gallery of National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
Mantic Ecstasy, Impression Gallery, Hangzhou; Bizart Art Center, Shanghai; Loft
New Media Art Space, Beijing, China
16th Asian International Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2001   Hong Kong International Video Festival, Museum of Circumstance, Hong Kong, China
2001   The Reaping, Beijing, China
2000   Portraits, Figures, Couples and Groups, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, China
2000   City Zoom, German
2000   Hong Kong International Video Festival, Hong Kong, China
2000   Chinese Landscape - Concept Photography Exhibition, Beijing, China
2000   Home? Contemporary Art Project, Yuexing Furniture Warehouse, Shanghai, China
1999   Art for Sale, Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai, China
Beijing in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Post-Sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion, Shaoyaoju, Beijing, China
1999   Supermarket, Shanghai, China
1999   Hong Kong International Video Festival, Museum of Circumstance, Hong Kong, China
1999   People Have changed, Shanghai, China
1999   Culture Life, Shanghai, China
1998   Consider Oneself and Surroundings, Beijing, China
2007    China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007. www.chinaartbook.de