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Li Hongwei: Inner Reflection, Outward Transformation, and Saul Steinberg: Selected Works


  • Pucker Gallery 240 Newbury St, 3rd floor Boston United States (map)

Public Opening

Saturday, 9 February 2019, 3:00PM - 6:00PM.
Li Hongwei will attend the public opening. Kindly RSVP to the event on Eventbrite.com.

Artist Biographies

Li Hongwei is a Chinese sculptor who currently works and lives in Beijing and New York. He earned degrees at two preeminent art schools: The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (BFA in sculpture, 2005) and Alfred University in Alfred, New York (MFA in ceramic art, 2007). He subsequently taught and published in both China and the United States. In 2015, he was invited to lecture as a visiting artist at Harvard University. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva), the Chinese Sculpture Institute (Beijing), and the Taylor Foundation (established in 1844; Paris).

Li Hongwei’s works have been collected by: The British Museum, London; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, NY; China APEC International Conference Center; The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; and others. Over the years, his works have been exhibited in: The National Art Museum of China; The Louvre; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Fox Art Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania; and the Dublin Castle in Ireland, among others. In 2013, he was awarded the Taylor Prize by the 2013 France International Salon.

Saul Steinberg was an acclaimed graphic artist whose ever-evolving style represented the rapid changes in post-war life during the 20th-century. Early in his career, Steinberg studied architecture and contributed cartoons to Italian newspapers such as Bertoldo and Settebello, until anti-Semitic laws in fascist Italy forced him to flee. In 1942, he came to the United States where he began his nearly six-decades-long career creating cartoons and covers for The New Yorker, such as the famous 1976 cover View of the World from 9th Avenue. Gaining traction in the art world, Steinberg also exhibited in international galleries and museums, including a landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art alongside Arshile Gorky, Isamu Noguchi, and Robert Motherwell.

Steinberg defined drawing as “a way of reasoning on paper,” an idea he constantly explored in new visual territories of drawings, paintings, collages, murals, and sculptures. Through a wide range of media, Steinberg often combined several styles into a single piece of art as a way to expose the imbalance between artifice and authenticity in modern life. Either ironically or affectionately, but always with a bit of humor, Steinberg’s complex art blends reality with the absurd, depicting the nuances in art and civilization.

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