Frieze Masters Spotlight: Li Yuan-Chia
Spotlight Section: Stand G10
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4HG
6-9 October 2016
Richard Saltoun Gallery
111 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 6RY
PV Monday 3 October 6-8pm
4 October – 25 November, 2016
Frieze Spotlight Section is dedicated to presenting rare solo presentations of significant but under-recognised 20th-century artists. Few artists fit that description better than Li Yuan-chia (1924-1994), one of China’s earliest pioneers of abstract and conceptual art.
To pursue his artistic vision Li had to leave Taiwan: engaging with the practices of western artists in both Italy and England, he developed a unique style combining traditional Chinese calligraphy with abstraction.
A founding member of the illustrious Ton Fan Group, and known as one of the “8 Great Outlaws”, Li rebelled against the traditional art methods and practices of Taiwan and China and became actively engaged in the International art world.
Li’s focus on the spirit of Chinese culture and philosophy, combined with an experimental aesthetic has resulted in a distinctive oeuvre, spanning painting, photography, sculpture and participatory kinetic installations.
To coincide with their Frieze Spotlight exhibition Richard Saltoun Gallery will simultaneously hold a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Li Yuan-chia at their gallery in Great Titchfield Street, London W1. The exhibition at Richard Saltoun Gallery is curated by renowned scholar Diana Yeh, and will provide a comprehensive overview of Li’s work. These exhibitions coincide with Li’s work on show in the current rehang at Tate Modern.
Richard Saltoun would like to thank the Li Yuan-chia Foundation and their archivists for their support and guidance, as well as the Gavina Family, Italy.
Read recent press on Li Yuan-chia: ‘Discovering the unsung heroes of Chinese art’ (The Telegraph).
Diana Yeh is a Lecturer in Sociology, Culture and the Creative Industries at City, University of London and a Trustee of the LYC Foundation. She has undertaken several years of fieldwork on Li Yuan-chia, tracing his life and artistic work from Guangxi to Taipei, Bologna, London and Cumbria, and has published widely on him. She is also author of The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity (2014) and is currently writing a book arising from her research on Li and other Chinese diaspora artists in the UK.