Liu Wei @ White Cube, Mason’s Yard


Contemporary Chinese art is very fashionable right now. Free of calligraphy and traditional motifs, 21st century Chinese art is political and has something to say. As does the work of Liu Wei, currently on display at White Cube.

The show is made up of large sculptures which appear minimalistic at first. The upper level of the gallery is comprised of iron, rectangular structures. The sculpture seem hard yet shiny, and new, perhaps reflecting some of China’s modern society.

Take a trip downstairs and this shiny metal is contrasted with an installation of pale grey shapes including pyramids, spheres and concave, three dimensional semi-circles. These forms have been made by putting multiple materials including iron, wood and books together, with the layers being visible from the exterior.

To some, this show may appear dull, boring and minimalistic. However I loved it. All I wish is that I was able to touch the pieces!

Liu Wei: Density is on display at White Cube, Mason’s Yard until 15 March

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and also writes for After Nyne, Ibraaz and Reorient.

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