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"Li Yuan-chia: Artist, Curator, Poet and Archivist"
2001-01-27 until 2001-03-01
Camden Arts Centre
At once an artist, curator, poet and archivist, Li Yuan-chia's work
embraces the ordinary and the everyday at the same time as it
offers a glimpse into the cosmic and the universal. His inclusive
approach to art and life anticipated the attitude and practice
of many of today's contemporary artists. Defying easy categorisation,
he has tended to slip through and between the histories of art
and yet Li Yuan-chia ranks among the most original and radical
of post-war artists.
exhibition draws together different strands of Li's career and
work - from his early drawings and paintings through to his installations,
sculptural reliefs and extraordinary photographs and films.
Li Yuan-chia marks a departure from the traditional retrospective,
focusing predominantly on Li's photography and the development
of the 'Point' as a formal and conceptual device through which
he scrutinised the world. The exhibition will be the first major
showing of this remarkable artist's work in the UK.
in China, Li Yuan-chia studied art in Taiwan where he was considered
to be one of the founding fathers of Chinese abstract painting
in the 1950s. Travelling from Taiwan to Italy and then to England,
he arrived in London in the 1960s to exhibit at David Medalla's
and Paul Keeler's Signals gallery and later showed with the Lisson
Gallery. After leaving London in 1968, he spent the remainder
of his life in Cumbria, establishing the LYC Museum in his own
home. His generosity of spirit led him to create opportunities
for over three hundred artists and poets, including Andy Goldsworthy
and Shelagh Wakely.
by the Arts Council of England with National Lottery funds, London
Arts and The Henry Moore Foundation.