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180 Faces

  • Liu Wei
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Press for 180 Faces

Current Exhibitions at Sean Kelly Gallery


'Existential Time'

  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Opens: Mar. 27, 2020
  • Closes: May. 02, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 26, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Towards No Earthly Pole

  • Julian Charrière,
  • Opens: Jan. 31, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 30, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On the Water's Edge

  • James Casebere,
  • Opens: Dec. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 25, 2020
  • Reception: Dec. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

OttO

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 07, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Constructing Her Universe

  • Loló Soldevilla,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Abstract By Nature

  • Callum Innes,
  • Markus Karstieß,
  • Hyun-Sook Song,
  • Su Xiaobai,
  • Wu Chi-Tsung,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Rhythms

  • Idris Khan,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 22, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

?DO GEESE SEE GOD?

  • Kris Martin,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating

  • Alec Soth,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Mexico

  • Candida Höfer,
  • Opens: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Split Second

  • Anthony McCall,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Dec. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HumidGray and ShadowLake

  • Janaina Tschäpe,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Asymmetrical Symmetry

  • Landon Metz,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ravelled Threads

  • Igshaan Adams,
  • Joël Andrianomearisoa,
  • Ayan Farah,
  • Aboubakar Fofana,
  • Alexandra Karakashian,
  • Abdoulaye Konaté,
  • Lawrence Lemaoana,
  • Senzeni Marasela,
  • Zohra Opoku,
  • Athi-Patra Ruga,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

180 Faces

  • Liu Wei
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sergio Camargo

  • Sergio Camargo,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible Dimension

  • Mariko Mori,
  • Opens: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Works

  • Marina Abramovic,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

15 [Quince]

  • Frank Thiel,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Edifice, Complex, Visionary, Structure

  • Alejandro Campins,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • James Casebere,
  • David Claerbout,
  • Jose Dávila,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Diana Fonseca Quiñones,
  • Antony Gormley,
  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Candida Höfer,
  • Ilse D’Hollander,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Peter Liversidge,
  • Sam Moyer,
  • Alec Soth,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • James White,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

WIDE WAKE

  • Sam Moyer,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The pure necessity

  • David Claerbout,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Vertebrae Oracle

  • Rebecca Horn,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: May. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forms of Attraction: Kjærholm, Tenreiro and Selected Works

  • Poul Kjærholm,
  • Joaquim Tenreiro,
  • Edgar Degas,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • Olafur Eliasson,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Pietro Roccasalva,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Soleil Double

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From Pre-History to Post-Everything

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Time Vivarium

  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Dec. 12, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Generator

  • Marina Abramović,
  • Opens: Oct. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stones Don't Move

  • Jose Dávila,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 03, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Palindrome

  • Hugo McCloud,
  • Opens: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Songbook

  • Alec Soth,
  • Opens: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Élysée

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Overture

  • Idris Khan,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emotional Architecture

  • James Casebere,
  • Opens: Jan. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Orchids

  • Johan Grimonprez,
  • Opens: Jan. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cyclicscape

  • Mariko Mori,
  • Opens: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 20, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

By the Book

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From Düsseldorf

  • Candida Höfer,
  • Opens: May. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Agnosia, an Illuminated Ontology

  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unique

  • Robert Mapplethorpe,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ilse D'Hollander

  • Ilse D'Hollander,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Diana Fonseca Quiñones

  • Diana Fonseca Quiñones,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ASPECT:RATIO

  • James White,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lapse

  • Alejandro Campins,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

LIGHT/WORK

  • David Claerbout,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Veiled

  • Hugo McCloud,
  • Opens: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

CONSTRUCT

  • Antony Gormley,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: May. 06, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Freeze, Memory

  • Julian Charriere,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Trickster

  • Kehinde Wiley,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

With Curve

  • Callum Innes,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SELECTED

  • Marina Abramović,
  • Bernd and Hilla Becher,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • James Casebere,
  • Julian Charrière,
  • Jose Dávila,
  • Edgar Degas,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • AWOL ERIZKU,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Douglas Gordon,
  • Antony Gormley,
  • Laurent Grasso,
  • David Hammons,
  • Rebecca Horn,
  • Tehching Hsieh,
  • Marine Hugonnier,
  • Callum Innes,
  • James Joyce,
  • Idris Khan,
  • Yves Klein,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Peter Liversidge,
  • Édouard Manet,
  • Anthony McCall,
  • Mariko Mori,
  • Yasumasa Morimura,
  • Sam Moyer,
  • Zanele Muholi,
  • Shirin Neshat,
  • Rocío Olivares,
  • Simon Patterson,
  • Julião Sarmento,
  • Shahzia Sikander,
  • Alec Soth,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • James White,
  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SHIFT

  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Time Spy

  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

May 05 - Jun 16, 2018

  • Reception: May 04, 6 - 8pm

Where

Sean Kelly Gallery

  • 475 10th Ave, New York NY 10019 Map
  • 212.239.1181

About

Sean Kelly is delighted to present 180 Faces, the first exhibition of new work by revered Chinese painter Liu Wei to be shown in the United States since 2000. Comprising 180 unique “portraits,” these paintings build upon an array of influences informing the artist’s work, from Chinese calligraphy to Expressionism, whilst marking an extraordinary foray into totally new territory. These paintings were first exhibited at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing in March 2018. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 4 from 6-8pm. The artist will be present.

Born in Beijing, China in 1965, Liu Wei studied printmaking at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating, he quickly became a prominent figure in China’s “cynical realism” movement. Influenced by events surrounding the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, his early paintings mirrored that group’s disenchantment with both political and artistic utopias. Liu Wei’s work has become less overtly political over time, dealing with universal themes of humanity. In this series of paintings, made over the course of one year, Liu Wei demands that the viewer consider the works not as portraits of actual people, but as expressions of his own subconscious impulses.

Liu Wei placed each painting in a hand carved, Rococo-style frame lushly and viscously painted with white acrylic, evoking a sense of delicacy and expressiveness. The works combine a mixture of acrylic, charcoal, markers, pen and other pigments that are used to create distinctions in texture and color. Drawing further attention to their materiality, Liu Wei intentionally broke the glass panes on many of the paintings. Conjuring references as diverse as Velasquez and Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin, Ensor and Brueghel, Liu Wei expertly depicts the human condition, combining figuration and abstraction in a manner reminiscent of Bacon and Freud. With this body of work, Liu Wei creates a visual language that veers between reality and artificiality, inviting the viewer to look closely and draw their own judgments between truth and illusion.


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