On the 10th of November, exhibition curator Diana Yeh will explore the life and work of Li Yuan-chia: a leading figure of Taiwanese avant-garde and founding member of the Ton Fan group.
The significance of his journey, from his rural roots in south China, to the modern art movement in 1950s Taipei, the spiritual abstraction of the Il Punto group in Bologna, the experimental conceptual movement of 1960s London, and ultimately his move to the desolate climes of Northern England: these different geographies and contexts will be explored in relation to his making of work and its reception, past and present. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.
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 London, Cumbria, Bologna and Taipei to Guangxi 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.
LI YUAN-CHIA: A Talk with Diana Yeh
10 November 2016
Richard Saltoun Gallery
111 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 6RY.
The exhibition Li Yuan-chia will be open till 25 November 2016, and it will be available to view during the event.
Doors open at 18:00.
More information can be found on the Richard Saltoun Gallery website.