Tang Yongxiang in group exhibition “Dissensus Agitation – The Painting to Language” at Today Art Museum

Dissensus Agitation – The Painting to Language

Exhibition Dates: 2016.05.08 – 05.18

Exhibition Venue: Today Art Museum

Curator: Dai Zhuoqun


When we go through the mainline of western painting, we can find that art served for religious purpose at the beginning, then served for royal family and the nobility after middle ages. When it came to 18th century, painting started manifest the concern about democratization, freedom and individualism. Although the languages and styles varied, the object and content have been separated from painting itself. The modernism revolution leads painting to look inside, as painting becomes the object of painting. As the Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Neo-figuration and Neo-abstraction showing, painting has be liberated, instead of going dead. Chinese painting has a similar history, to be specific, it begun to decay after the bloom of literati painting of Yuan and Song dynasty, and the modernization happened rather lately.

Painting exists in the language. Only when the language constructed, the hidden part, sometimes is not cognitive, will emerge. Painting analyzes and deconstructs the real objects through language and then endows them with new meanings and structures. This kind of probabilistic metaphysics activity inspires painting to find new possibility between its object and context, which is more valuable than the ordinary meaning of a primary object.

Creation activities refer to, in today’s context, neither reflecting the visible objects, nor simulating a real object, but to provoking our thinking about these objects. What defines art is actually how to organize the artistic language rather than to show the nature of an object. In another word, the language builds a work. Further, only the language is the soul of an artwork.

Painting, as a language, makes the relationship between objects is not occasional any more. What’s more, instead of representing constant finite and “real” meanings, it continuously creates new forms and meanings.