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Hao Liang

Hao Liang, Red Nose, 2017 Ink and color on silk, 10 ¾ × 7 inches (27.4 × 17.7 cm)© Hao Liang

Hao Liang, Red Nose, 2017

Ink and color on silk, 10 ¾ × 7 inches (27.4 × 17.7 cm)
© Hao Liang

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I am always playing on and playing up the strengths of traditional Chinese painting in my work. But I am also looking at film, literature, and philosophy, and using this foundation to break some of the limits of ancient painting.
—Hao Liang

In his intricately painted silk landscapes and portraits, Hao Liang filters the techniques, themes, motifs, and conventions of traditional Chinese guohua ink wash painting through a contemporary, cosmopolitan sensibility. He weaves together such outwardly divergent influences as classical poetry, modern literature, film theory, and modern art. Much of Hao’s work is concerned with perspectives on temporality, a theme that has historically been approached quite differently by Chinese and Western artists; where traditional Chinese artists tend to represent time as mutable and ambiguous, Hao aims to locate its unique complexity in the present moment. Crucially, he positions image making as not only an exercise in technical skill and art historical knowledge, but also a reflection of lived experience.

Hao was born in Chengdu, China, and lives and works in Beijing. His first exposure to art came at an early age through his godmother’s father, a noted collector of Chinese art who studied under Zhang Daqian, perhaps the most prominent Chinese artist of the twentieth century. (Zhang, a master of guohua painting, died in 1983—the year of Hao’s birth.) Hao enrolled at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, in 2002, majoring in Chinese painting, and graduated with a master’s degree from there in 2009. He considered becoming a teacher, but at the encouragement of fellow artist Xu Lei, decided to pursue painting.

In 2016, Hao showed a suite of paintings titled Eight Views of Xiaoxiang (2014–16) in a solo exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. This set of large-scale works is his interpretation of a traditional subject for East Asian artists. In Hao’s version, each image appears distinct from its conventional depiction, offering a consciously multifaceted treatment of the well-known landscape. In 2017, Eight Views of Xiaoxiang was featured in the central exhibition of the 57th Biennale di Venezia, Viva Arte Viva—where he was one of the youngest participants. In the same year, his work was included in the group exhibitions Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Musée en oeuvre(s) at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Gagosian’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Georg Baselitz; © Louise Bonnet; © Zeng Fanzhi; © 2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved; © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Martin Wong

Art Fair

Art Basel Hong Kong 2022

May 27–29, 2022, booth 1C15
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 with an ensemble of contemporary works by international artists. The gallery’s presentation will feature works by artists including Georg BaselitzLouise BonnetEdmund de WaalUrs FischerKatharina GrosseMark GrotjahnJennifer GuidiSimon HantaïHao LiangDamien HirstThomas HouseagoTetsuya IshidaAlex IsraelEwa JuszkiewiczRick LoweTakashi MurakamiAlbert OehlenNam June PaikGiuseppe PenoneRudolf PolanszkySterling RubyEd RuschaJenny SavilleJim ShawRudolf StingelSpencer SweeneyRachel Whiteread, and Zeng Fanzhi.

Gagosian’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Georg Baselitz; © Louise Bonnet; © Zeng Fanzhi; © 2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved; © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Martin Wong

Photo: Fan Xi

Artist Spotlight

Hao Liang

December 8–14, 2021

In his intricately painted silk portraits and landscapes, Hao Liang filters the techniques, themes, motifs, and conventions of traditional Chinese guohua ink wash painting through a contemporary, cosmopolitan sensibility. Referencing projects and oeuvres from a variety of disciplines, periods, and contexts, he weaves together outwardly divergent influences, ranging from classical poetry to modern literature, film theory, and modern art. Much of Hao’s work is concerned with perspectives on temporality. He positions image making not simply as an exercise in technical skill and art historical knowledge, but also as a reflection of lived experience.

Photo: Fan Xi

Hao Liang, Spring and Fall, 2020 © Hao Liang

Art Fair

West Bund Art & Design 2020

November 12–15, 2020, booth A102
West Bund Art Center, Shanghai
westbundshanghai.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in West Bund Art & Design 2020 with an extensive group presentation. Along with the gallery’s booth at ART021 Shanghai, on view between November 14 and 15, this will be Gagosian’s first in-person art fair since the covid-19 lockdown in March. The gallery’s participation was made possible by extraordinary support from the artists involved.

Hao Liang, Spring and Fall, 2020 © Hao Liang

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Museum Exhibitions

Hao Liang, Eight Views of Xiaoxiang—Dazzle, 2015 © Hao Liang. Photo: courtesy UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

On View

The Dream of the Museum

Through April 23, 2023
M+, Hong Kong
www.mplus.org.hk

The Dream of the Museum examines the concept of found objects to show how artists use cultures as source material to update tradition. Beginning with four pioneers of contemporary art—Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Yoko Ono, and Nam June Paik—the exhibition brings together work by twenty-seven artists from across geographies and generations, including Hao Liang and Andy Warhol, who explore chance and found objects in their work.

Hao Liang, Eight Views of XiaoxiangDazzle, 2015 © Hao Liang. Photo: courtesy UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

Hao Liang, Eight Views of Xiaoxiang—Snowscape, 2014–15 © Hao Liang. Photo: courtesy UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

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Duration
Chinese Art in Transformation

Opened September 25, 2020
Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing
www.msam.cn

Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation attempts to show how every moment that stretches is an absorption of the past, and the endless possibilities of the future are based on the past and the present. The exhibition presents painting, sculpture, installation, video, animation, and more from the 1970s to the present. Work by Hao Liang, Jia Aili, and Zeng Fanzhi is included.

Hao Liang, Eight Views of Xiaoxiang—Snowscape, 2014–15 © Hao Liang. Photo: courtesy UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

Hao Liang, A Thread of Sky, 2021 © Hao Liang

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Hao Liang in
ON | OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress

February 4–June 5, 2022
He Art Museum, Guangdong, China
www.hem.net.cn

ON | OFF revisits the narrative of a 2013 group exhibition of the same title at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, which reflected on the work of a generation of young artists who came of age in China’s era of opening and reform. Emphasizing the curatorial concepts of return, repetition, and the spiral, this new iteration features the work of around thirty Chinese artists from the “post-globalization” era and is divided into three sections: Gestures of Time, Chambers of Memories, and Multiple Echoes. Work by Hao Liang is included.

Hao Liang, A Thread of Sky, 2021 © Hao Liang

Hao Liang, The Chase of Apollo, Act I, 2021 © Hao Liang. Photo: Yang Chao Studio

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Hao Liang in
The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10)

December 4, 2021–April 25, 2022
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

For its tenth edition, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art’s Asia Pacific Triennial looks to the future of art and the world we inhabit together. The Triennial includes sixty-nine projects—from large-scale installations and immersive multimedia artworks to sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography, and video—with new and recent work by emerging and established artists and collectives from thirty countries. Work by Hao Liang is included.

Hao Liang, The Chase of Apollo, Act I, 2021 © Hao Liang. Photo: Yang Chao Studio

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