January 2020

陳昭宏 Hilo Chen
瓦平松的浴女  The Bather of Valpinçon
January 15 – February 29, 2019

Opening reception|January 15, 6 – 8 PM

陳昭宏 Hilo Chen, 海灘 153 Beach 153, 2005, oil on canvas, 123 x 91.5 cm

亞紀畫廊很榮幸將舉辦台灣旅美藝術家陳昭宏的個展「瓦平松的浴女」,展出藝術家自1968年輾轉渡美後從未發表的早期作品,及70年後期成就他於紐約藝術圈盛名的照相寫實作品。展名「瓦平松的浴女」為收藏於羅浮宮的安格爾(Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres)名作,陳昭宏1968年離開巴黎前深受此件作品感動,自此由抽象表現轉向具象繪畫。「瓦平松的浴女」緊扣著陳昭宏一生創作核心,安格爾的藝術史地位也反射陳昭宏的重要性:帶領古典主義與寫實主義走向新的表現力度,正如同藝評家謝里法所比喻-陳昭宏為紐約蘇活安格爾。除畫廊個展外,亞紀畫廊亦將於台北當代藝術博覽會展位上,展出陳昭宏1970年重要作品《女皇》等。

陳昭宏的作品可以在古根漢美術館、台北市立美術館、聖荷西美術館、英國薩奇收藏、與其他著名的藝術機構收藏中找到。1942年生於宜蘭,陳昭宏是「東方畫會」最年輕的成員,也是李仲生的學生。1968年陳昭宏前往巴黎,並在羅浮宮與安格爾名作《瓦平松的浴女》相遇,自此由抽象表現轉往具象繪畫,且轉往紐約定居至今。1976年發表《海灘》系列,陳昭宏一躍成為美國照相寫實主義代表人物,畫作屢屢售罄。本展以藝術家生涯轉戾點的《瓦平松的浴女》為題,意圖在拋棄「寫實」「主義」等字眼的束縛,卸下陳昭宏曾為海外華人代表的光環,以畫作重新閱讀藝術家與時代。他的早期作品(1968 – 1972)首次公開於世,這些隱藏半世紀的畫作甚可超越今日的當代繪畫。透過50年的作品跨度,本展解答女性肖像如何延伸為陳昭宏畢生的繪畫自我討論,並回顧上世紀旅外華人藝術家出身、文化、生活等的種種衝突。同時盼以安格爾的藝術史地位,強調陳昭宏之於國際藝壇的重要性:帶領古典主義與寫實主義走向新的表現力度。

 

Each Modern is pleased to present “The Bather of Valpinçon”, a solo exhibition by New York-based Taiwanese artist Hilo Chen. The show includes his early works which have never been shown since his immigration to the U.S. in 1968, as well as his well-known photorealistic paintings form the late 70s. During a brief stay in Paris in 1968, he was deeply moved by a masterpiece by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in the Louvre – “The Bather of Valpinçon”, which was the catalyst that moved Chen from abstract expression towards realism. “The Bather of Valpinçon” is at the core of Hilo Chen’s art. Ingre’s place in history reflects the importance of Hilo Chen: leading classicalism and realism to a new level of expression; just as the art critic Hsieh LiFa dubbed Chen “the Ingres of Soho”. In addition to the gallery’s exhibition, Each Modern will also be exhibiting Hilo Chen’s crucial works from 1970, such as Queen, at Taipei Dangdai.

Hilo Chen can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Saatchi Collection, and other well-known art institutions. Born in Yilan in 1942, Chen was the youngest member of the Ton Fan Art Group and was a student of Li ChungSheng. In 1968, Chen visited Paris and was deeply moved by a masterpiece by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in the Louvre – The Bather of Valpinçon. From then on, his original practice of abstract expressionism turned into stylized figurative painting. Later that year, Chen moved to New York where he has lived ever since. In 1976, Chen became a representative of Photorealism through his Beach series.
The exhibition, The Bather of Valpinçon, reconsiders the context of Photorealism, with its title marking the turning point of the artist’s career. Through his early works (1968 – 1972), presented here to the public for the first time, we intend to discover how the female portrait became Chen’s lifelong focus. In the meantime, it is clear Ingre’s place in history reflects the importance of Hilo Chen: a figure leading classicalism and realism towards a new level of expression. The exhibition also reviews the origin, culture, and life of the Taiwanese artist 50 years ago. Through this perspective, we uncover new dialogues between the distant past, our recent past, and our own contemporary time.