Singing the Body Electric

David Zwirner is pleased to present Singing the Body Electric, a group exhibition curated by Leo Xu at the gallery’s Hong Kong location, featuring work by aaajiao, Philip-Lorca diCorciaFelix Gonzalez-Torres, Jian Yi-Hong, Wolfgang Tillmans, Wei Jia, and Lisa Yuskavage.. The show’s title is derived from Walt Whitman’s ecstatic and politically nuanced poem “I Sing the Body Electric” from Leaves of Grass (1855). The exhibition includes work from across various media that likewise celebrates and complicates themes of the body and desire, while exploring physicality and identity in the context of the synthetic and alienating nature of a highly digitized world.

 

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Image: Wei Jia, River Bay, 2019 (detail)

Dates
July 11August 10, 2019
Opening reception
Thursday 11 July, 6–8 PM
An untitled painting by Wei Jia, dated 2019.

Wei Jia

Untitled, 2019
Acrylic on paper
9 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches (24.5 x 21 cm)
A painting by Wei Jia titled River Bay, dated 2019.

Wei Jia

River Bay, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
108 1/4 x 78 3/4 inches (275 x 200 cm)
An untitled painting by Wei Jia, dated 2018.

Wei Jia

Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
35 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (90 x 70 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, titled Harvest Moon, dated 2004.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Harvest Moon, 2004
Chromogenic print
Framed: 69 x 49 inches (175.3 x 124.5 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, titled David Holstein, 30 years old, Elnora, Indiana, $25, dated from 1990 to 1992.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

David Holstein, 30 years old, Elnora, Indiana, $25, 1990-1992
Chromogenic print
Framed: 31 3/4 x 44 inches (80.6 x 111.8 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, titled David Theodore Lane, 27 years old, Tucson, Arizona, $30, dated from 1990 to 1992.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

David Theodore Lane, 27 years old, Tucson, Arizona, $30, 1990-1992
Chromogenic print
Framed: 31 3/4 x 44 inches (80.6 x 111.8 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Pond, dated 2007.

Lisa Yuskavage

Pond, 2007
Oil on linen
72 x 51 inches (182.9 x 129.5 cm)
A photograph by Wolfgang Tillmans, titled BW - Hose, dated 1993.

Wolfgang Tillmans

BW - Hose, 1993
Chromogenic print mounted on Dibond aluminum in artist's frame
57 1/8 x 82 3/4 inches (145 x 210 cm)
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Wolfgang Tillmans

Faltenwurf (BW) II, 2011
Inkjet print on paper mounted on Dibond aluminum in artist's frame
57 1/8 x 83 3/8 inches (145.1 x 211.8 cm)
A photograph by Wolfgang Tillmans, titled Philharmonie Bloch X, dated 2017.

Wolfgang Tillmans

Philharmonie Bloch X, 2017
Inkjet print on paper mounted on aluminum in artist's frame
36 3/4 x 27 inches (93.5 x 68.6 cm)
A drawing titled by Jian Yi-Hong, titled Lay down, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Lay down, 2019
Ink and color on paper
11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled One carat, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

One carat, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 11 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (29.8 x 34.9 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled Nothing to rely on, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Nothing to rely on, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 18 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches (46.4 x 34.9 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled That night in Malaysia, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

That night in Malaysia, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 16 3/4 x 23 inches (42.5 x 58.4 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled Back scratcher, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Back scratcher, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 16 3/4 x 23 inches (42.5 x 58.4 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled together dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Together, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 12 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches (31.8 x 32.1 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled Coconut bomb, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Coconut bomb, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 14 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches (36.8 x 46.4 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled Vanilla ice cream, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Vanilla ice cream, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 13 3/4 x 13 inches (34.9 x 33 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled Blind men and the elephant, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Blind men and the elephant, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 16 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches (41.9 x 31.1 cm)
A drawing by Jian Yi-Hong, titled Become one, dated 2019.

Jian Yi-Hong

Become one, 2019
Ink and color on paper
Framed: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches (31.1 x 31.1 cm)
An installation view of a video work by aaajiao, titled I hate people but I love you, dated 2017.

aaajiao

I hate people but I love you, 2017
Single channel video, color, sound, 25:04 min
Dimensions variable
A view of a video installation by aaajiao, titled Avatar, dated 2017.

aaajiao

Avatar, 2017
Gif animation, screen, 10:41 min
3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (9 x 6.4 cm)
A sculpture by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, titled "Untitled" (Girlfriend in a Coma), dated 1990.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Untitled"" (Girlfriend in a Coma), 1990
Embossed paper, endless copies, paint on wall
Stack: 12 inches at ideal height x 29 x 23 inches (original paper size)
A sculpture by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, titled "Untitled" (March 5th) #2, dated 1991.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Untitled"" (March 5th) #2, 1991
Light bulbs, porcelain light sockets, and extension cords
Two parts: approximately 113 inches in height each
A sculpture by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, titled "Untitled" (Loverboy), dated 1989.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Untitled"" (Loverboy), 1989
Blue fabric and hanging device
Dimensions vary with installation

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