XIAOZE XIE: EXCERPTS
November 6 – December 19, 2015
Xiaoze Xie lives and works in both Palo Alto, California and Beijing, China. He is currently a Professor of Art at Stanford University and maintains studios both in Palo Alto and Beijing. In his second exhibition with Talley Dunn Gallery, Xie has created an impressive group of paintings that explore concepts of time, memory, political events, and documentation. The subjects of his large-scale, still life paintings include books and stacks of newspapers that often reveal fragments of imagery and text, together documenting a fleeting moment of time and history.
In these representational paintings, Xie re-creates actual pages from newpapers and layers imagery and text with great skill that the content from the other side bleeds through and creates an overlapping effort, as seen in paintings such as September 9, 2013 S.Z. (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and December 7-8, 2013, I.H.T. (International Herald Tribune). Upon closer inspection, the viewer also discovers that Xie’s handling of the imagery is much more painterly and expressive than first expected, often with areas of loose brushwork.
Xie also presents piled compositions such as April-November 2008, G.Z.R.B. (Guangzhou Ri Bao), which show stacks of newspapers compiled over a series of months from side view so that the viewer sees only the folded edges or scattered pages. Frequently, the artist presents politically charged imagery that speaks of military conflict and other major events as documented in newspapers around the world.
With earlier series, Xie has painted manuscripts and rare books from university and museum collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Frick Art Reference Library. Within these series and his current work, Xie considers the role of print media and the ways that information is presented and shared globally.
Xiaoze Xie was born in Guangdong, China in 1966. The artist completed a Bachelor of Architecture at Tsinghua University in China in 1988, before embarking on a Master of Arts degree at the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing, China. After he moved to Texas in the early 1990s, Xie studied at the University of North Texas and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the school in 1996. Since that time, Xie’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at institutions both in the Unites States and overseas, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Chambers Fine Art in New York and Beijing, and The Modern Chinese Art Foundation in Ghent, Belgium.
In addition, Xie’s paintings are included in the permanent collections the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York; the Microsoft Art Collection; the Oakland Museum of California; and the San Jose Museum of Art. Currently, Xie lives and works in Palo Alto, California, where he serves as the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor at Stanford University.