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Cui Xiuwen
Existential Emptiness No.16, 2009

200 x 78cm


In this painting by Cui Xiuwen titled "Existential Emptiness No. 16", the schoolgirl is placed right in the center of a snowy background, which has the appearance of a serene Chinese ink landscape. The girl sitting in a state of Zen and peacefulness draws the audiences' attention to gaze on her lifeless face. It is instantaneous for the eyes to be drawn to her porcelain-like skin texture, her black shiny hair neatly lined just above her eyes, and her carefully placed hands on her knees half covered by the high socks. From Cui's works, the viewer feels the existence of contemporary and traditional subjects fusing as one.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Cui Xiuwen is one of the most influential independent female artists in China today. Her artistic vision combines precision and incisive thought, allowing her to penetrate and explore the deep contradictions within human nature. Her images and pictures are inspired by the elements of concept, ethos, and visual performance, with an emphasis on simplicity and bold imagination. She is the first Chinese artist to have her works exhibited at the Tate Britain, and her video masterpiece Ladies Room is in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in France and the Ullens Foundation Collection in Belgium. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Shu-Fang Hsiao Art Foundation Outstanding Female Artist Award by the Wu Zuoren International Fine Arts Foundation. In 2010, she was named as one of the AAC Art China Annual Influential Artists, and was the first woman to receive the honour. The same year, she won the Youth Artist Award, an accolade given by the Chinese Art Critics Annual.
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  • +Exhibitions

    "Cui Xiuwen, Miao Xiaochun Double Solo Exhibition,"Levin Art Gallery (New York), New York, USA 

    Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, USA 
    Tanks Library Museum, Chongqing, China

    Punctum Gallery, Hong Kong, China  
    Levin Art Gallery, New York, USA 

    Hammer Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland  
    Annual Exhibition Cui Xiuwen, Dix9 Gallery, Paris, France 
    "God's Domain - Cui Xiuwen Solo Exhibition", Today Art Museum, Beijing, China  
    Keng Gallery, Taipei

    "Angel: Cui Xiuwen Solo Exhibition", Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

    A Quarter Of An Hour - Cui Xiuwen Solo Exhibition", Florence Museum, Florence, Italy

    Annual Exhibition Cui Xiuwen, DF2 Gallery, LosAngeles  
    Cui Xiuwen Solo Exhibition, Marella Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

    "Cui Xiuwen · Kan Xuan," Video Works Solo Exhibition, Bordeaux Museum, Bordeaux, France

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