Huang Yishan

Huang Yishan

Curated by Cui Cancan

07.20. - 08.28, 2019

Beijing 2nd Space


Tang Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of Huang YIshan, a solo exhibition for Huang Yishan in the gallery's second space in Beijing, on July 20, 2019. Curated by Cui Cancan, the exhibition will showcase over 20 latest important works. 


Three Stories


Huang Yishan tells stories. He makes art historical allusions, referencing Michelangelo’s Night, the snakes curled around Laocoon, and Beuys’ overcoat. Sometimes, he directly utilizes pictures so that history appears vividly in the work; sometimes, he is not faithful to the original work, making various alterations to gradually distance it from historical experience. Even in cases of direct appropriation, he always provides an entirely new context, which makes the information both familiar and strange.


The stories are determined by the content, but also by the storyteller’s perspective, skill, and context provided. In his images, there are multiple spatial narratives, and the perspectives and methods of realization are very diverse. Therefore, the context for Huang’s work is not immediately obvious, and viewers must engage with “the gaze,” constantly pulling closer and pushing away, finding clues and feelings, and hovering between similarity and dissimilarity, large and small, presence and absence.

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Huang Yishan


B.1983  Guangdong, China

Lives and works in Guangzhou, China


Evoking surrealist tropes in his paintings, his imagined worlds are often clinical in their spatial abstractions, the narratives taking place in what seems like hospital rooms or unfurnished houses. Upon further inspection, the viewer might find a strange detail – a human head or a half-hidden pool of blood – that interrupts these sanitary atmospheres.

Huang Yishan selected solo exhibitions include: “Blue Sky”, Fei Gallery, Guangzhou; “Not an investigation and research of physical things Ant metaphysical space narrative” Tong Space, Beijing. Huang’s works have been featured in group exhibitions including “2016 National Art Exhibition of Drawing,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; “Advancing Structure –Art Exhibition of Young Teachers from Oil Painting Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine  Arts,” Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; “Inside – Outside,” Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY; “Guangdong Youth,” Sabaki Space, Guangzhou, China; “Seven Ways: Image-Making and it’s Discontents,” O2 ART, Beijing, China; Times Art Museum, Beijing, China; “Image Mash-up: 2010 Invitation Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Oil Painting,” Shenzhen Art Museum,  Guangdong, China; Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China; “Another World Boundary,” Tang Contemporary, Bangkok. Huang Yishan currently works as a lecturer in the Oil Painting Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

Curator: Cui Cancan


Cui Cancan is an independent curator in China, he has won Chinese Contemporary Art Award Critic Award, Yi Shu Award for Critical Writing etc., curated main exhibitions like Hei Qiao Night Way (2013), Xiang Cun Xi jian Chui (2013), FUCKOFF II (2013), Unlived by What is Seen (2014), Between the 5th and 6th Ring Road in Beijing (2015), The Decameron (2016), Curated solo exhibitions like Ai Weiwei, Xia Xiaowan, Shen Shaomin, Wang Qingsong, He Yunchang, Xiao Yu, Qin Ga, Xie Nanxing, Shi Jinsong, Li Zhanyang, Xu Zhongmin, Ma Ke, Xia xing, Zhao Zhao, Li Qing, Chen Yufan, Chen Yujun, Li Binyuan, Feng Lin, Zhang Yue, Zong Ning, Jiang Bo etc.


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No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road

Chaoyang Dst. Beijing, China

B01, 798 Art District, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road

Chaoyang Dst. Beijing, China

Hong Kong

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Central, Hong Kong

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