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 and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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