Explosion of Colour

A Chinese Abstract Art

Li Lei

Explosion of Colour

Li Lei

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

128 pages | 113 color plates | 9 x 10 3/4
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781911604846 Published October 2019 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
In 1996, when Li Lei began exploring Chinese abstract art in both practice and research, he sought to transform it—to combine the core concepts of Chinese culture with the international language of mature abstract art and create a path for abstract art in China. Today, he pioneers a new world of Eastern abstract art, reclaiming Chinese contemporary art from Western critics and dealers.

This book focuses on Li Lei’s abstract painting from 2006 to 2016, collecting more than 110 color illustrations, including new, unpublished paintings from his collection. Accompanying essays trace his inspirations, from his childhood in the vast landscapes of China’s northwest to the abstract art scene in Shanghai. Commentary by Chinese scholars speak to his vast influences, including the Western abstract art theory of Kandinsky, Chinese Buddhist and Daoist philosophy, and the traditional Chinese art forms of poetry and ink painting. The resulting work is an energetic blend of traditional and contemporary, as seen in his 2014 experiments in space integration art, taking spatial narrative, spatial expression, and spatial analysis as objectives of dramatic visual practice.

Explosion of Colour offers an important look at the influence of this significant artist on this relatively new discipline. In partnership with Intron International Cultural Development, the Unicorn Chinese Artists series features leading Chinese contemporary artists whose works are not yet well known enough outside China.
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