Top: Black and White with Chair, 1984–88
Bottom: Glissement, 1984


David Diao (born 1943 in Chengdu, China; lives and works in New York City, USA).

Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas;213 x 274 cm (Black and White with Chair)
Acrylic on canvas; 178 x 254 cm (Glissement)


“Based on a renowned photograph of Kazimir Malevich’s landmark presentation in The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0.10, Diao overlays the paintings that comprised this spatial installation onto a single, compressed canvas. Diao’s fluid sense of time and space sits at odds with Malevich’s rejection of figurative reproduction, even as they both pursue extreme flattening in two-dimensional art. Writing in Artforum, renowned critic Thomas Lawson said of this piece, “With the work Glissement, [David Diao] reinvented his practice as a droll examination of shifting realities in art, history and personal experience.” – UCCA

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