Taipei Dangdai / 台北當代: LI YUAN-CHIA / 李元佳

17 - 19 January 2020
Stand E23 / 展位E23

新聞稿 | 理查德·薩通畫廊(Richard Saltoun Gallery

 

台北當代藝術博覽會, 2020年1月17日(五)至19日(日)

台北南港展覽館

 

李元佳 (Li Yuan-chia)

 

理查德·薩通畫廊是坐落於英國倫敦梅費爾區(Mayfair)的領先當代藝術畫廊。

 

李元佳(1929-1994)被譽為台灣抽象畫、觀念藝術的先驅之一。作為首個重新發現並推廣其藝術重要性的商業畫廊,我们倍感榮幸。李元佳創作生涯最重要的時期在1958至1965年間。期間他曾生活於台北和波隆納(義大利)。理查德·薩通畫廊負責管理藝術家於1965年前往倫敦後留在波隆納的工作室作品。

 

2014年,台北市立美術館舉辦了李元佳大型回顧展。2015年,理查德·薩通畫廊在倫敦斐列茲大師展(Frieze Masters)上首次呈獻其作品,並在畫廊空間中同步帶來他的個展。即使許多人是首次接觸李元佳的作品,這次展覽依然得到了來自中國和歐洲藝術專家與藏家的積極回應。是此,李氏的作品首次正式進入藝術市場。

 

在過去的四年中,李氏的作品被歐洲和北美的重要藝術機構購藏。不僅如此,理查德·薩通畫廊也與世界各地的拍賣行緊密合作,在作品真偽和作品出處方面提供建議諮詢。歸功于畫廊對李元佳作品的積極推廣,其價格在過去五年中增長超過十倍。但在眾多藝術家專家看來,李元佳作品價值仍被低估。

 

此次,我們榮幸地将李元佳的重要作品带回藝術家的故土——台北。這將成為這批作品自被創作以来,50年後首次進入藏家視野。

 

李元佳是台灣抽象畫、觀念藝術的前衛開拓者之一。作為為數不多在國際藝術世界中具有影響力的台灣藝術家,他的創作大量調用了不同的媒介形式,例如水墨、油彩、單色繪畫、觀念藝術、攝影、以及包括雕塑、環境藝術和參與型裝置在内的復合媒材。在李元佳看來,他自己更是哲學家、攝影師、數學家和詩人。

 

生於中國廣西一個普通家庭的李元佳被廣泛認為是中國“首位觀念藝術家”。早年便失去收養和依靠,他颠簸于幾家孤兒院,最後輾轉來到了台灣。他成為了台北師範大學的學生,接受師範體系美術教育訓練。期間他很快就與充满革新精神的「東方畫會」(Ton-fan Group)惺惺相惜,成為「八大響馬」(8 Great Outlaws) 之一——台灣的首批抽象畫藝術家。因其與「東方畫會」的聯繫,也因其想逃脫兵役,李氏來到了波隆納,而後倫敦。1972年,他最終於昆布蘭定居,住在他向藝術家威尼弗雷德·尼科爾森(Winifred Nicholson)買的房子中。這間房子成為了他的終生作品——李元佳美術館(the LYC Museum and Art Gallery)。這裏展示了超過300位藝術家的先鋒作品,這些作品与羅马时期的艺术品、昆布蘭傳統手工藝品以及李元佳自己包括繪畫、水墨、雕塑、攝影等實驗藝術一同陳列。

 

李氏曾兩次參加巴西聖保羅雙年展(São Paulo Biennale)。近期的重要個展包括:「李元佳:獨一無二的攝影」,惠特沃斯美術館,曼徹斯特('Li Yuan-chia: Unique Photographs,' The Whitworth, Manchester, 2019);「李元佳」,蘇富比S|2藝術空間,倫敦('Li Yuan-chia,' Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, London, 2017);泰特現代美術館:館藏陳列,倫敦(Tate Modern: Display, London, 2014);「觀·點——李元佳回顧展」,台北市立美術館('View-Point: A Retrospective Exhibition of Li-Yuan-chia,' Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2014);「李元佳,告訴我還未說的」,卡姆登藝術中心,倫敦(‘Li Yuan-Chia, tell me what is not yet said’, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2001)。這一展覽隨後也在英國肯德爾的阿伯特莊園美術館(Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK)和布魯塞爾精緻藝術宮(Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels)巡展。

 

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Richard Saltoun Gallery at Taipei Dangdai, 17-19 January 2020

 

Li Yuan-chia

 

Richard Saltoun Gallery is a leading contemporary art gallery based in Mayfair, London, UK. 

 

We are proud to have been the first commercial gallery to rediscover and promote the importance of Li Yuan-Chia, now recognised as one of Taiwan’s first abstract and conceptual artists.  His greatest period was between 1958 – 1965 when he lived in Taipei, Taiwan and later Bologna, Italy. Richard Saltoun Gallery manages Li’s studio that he left in Bologna before moving to London in 1965. 

 

In 2014 Li Yuan-Chia had a retrospective at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and in 2015 Richard Saltoun Gallery presented the work of Li Yuan-Chia for the first time at Frieze Masters, London (concurrent with a solo exhibition of his work at our gallery in London). This was acclaimed by both art experts and important Chinese and European collectors, many of whom were seeing Li’s work for the first time. This was the first time Li’s work entered the market.

 

During the past four years Li’s work has been acquired by major museums in Europe and North America. Additionally, the gallery works with some of the most auction houses in the world, providing advice on authenticity and provenance. Due to the promotion of Li Yuan-Chia by Richard Saltoun Gallery, prices have risen by over 10 times in the past 5 years and Li is still considered, by many art experts, to be undervalued.

 

We are very pleased to bring important works by Li Yuan-Chia to his homeland in Taipei: works which have not been offered for sale since their making, over 50 years ago. Li Yuan-Chia was one of Taiwan's earliest pioneers of abstract and conceptual art. One of only a few Taiwanese artists to gain acclaim in the international art world, his creative scope encompassed ink painting, oil, monochromatic painting, conceptual art, photography and mixed media, including sculpture, environmental art and participatory installations. Li saw himself as a philosopher, photographer, a mathematician and a poet. 

 

Largely regarded as China’s ‘first conceptual artist,' Li was born of humble beginnings in Guangxi, China. Given up for adoption at a young age, he travelled through a succession of orphanages and ended up in Taiwan. A student of art education at the Taipei Normal College for Teacher Training, Li quickly fell in with the revolutionary Ton-Fan group, where he became known as one of the ‘8 Great Outlaws' – the first abstract artists of Taiwan. Through his association with the group, and to escape martial law in the country, Li travelled to Bologna, then London, eventually finding his home in Cumbria in a house he purchased from the artist Winifred Nicholson in 1972. The house became the site of his life’s work – the LYC Museum and Art Gallery – a place for showing innovative art by over 300 artists, exhibited alongside Roman artefacts, traditional Cumbrian crafts and Li’s own experimental artwork, which included paintings, ink drawings, sculpture and photography. 

 

Li participated twice at the São Paulo Biennale. Recent important solo shows include 'Li Yuan-chia: Unique Photographs,' The Whitworth, Manchester  (2019); 'Li Yuan-chia,' Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, London (2017); Tate Modern: Display, London (2014); 'View-Point: A Retrospective Exhibition of Li-Yuan-chia,' Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2014); ‘Li Yuan-Chia, tell me what is not yet said’ at the Camden Arts Centre, London (2001), which subsequently travelled to Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.