The Loss Of Human Face?
Gallery Villepin – Until Nov 30, 2022 Hong Kong
Throughout the history of art, works from Rembrandt to Modigliani, Van Gogh and Freud. The human face has long been both a source of attraction and repulsion. An expression of humanity and brotherhood but also portrayed with primitive violence and savagery. Through all of its figurative and abstract representations, the portrait has been used as a mirror of the world.
Starting a conversation between past and present, The Loss of Human Face? explores the meaning of human faces through these five Francis Bacon artists. Adrian Ghenie. Zeng Fanzi. George Condo and Yukimasa Ida. Presenting twenty major works in a transformed gallery space. Visitors will be confronted with the audacious canvases of these artists placed in dialogue with each other. As one of the most influential portrait painters of the early 20th century, Francis Bacon sets the scene for the exhibition. As his raw and disturbing canvases distort the faces of his subjects while exposing their inner psyches.
Ghenie’s portraits are also distorted into gestural brushstrokes to re-examine our collective history and memory, while works in Zeng’s “Mask” series depict the social tensions and anxieties the artist has observed in modern China. . Conversely, Condo’s figures are rendered flat on the picture plane in grotesque and fanciful configurations, and Ida’s thickly painted canvases continue the historical backing with a futuristic perspective. This exhibition will also be the first presentation of Ida’s work in Hong Kong. All of these artists contribute to the global understanding of what humanity means. Through their diversity and varied backgrounds, they reveal intense rage. The anxiety, passion and ambition of our present time through their own unique visions.
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