Jason McCoy Gallery is pleased to celebrate the first major monograph on gallery artist Li-lan, with a book signing at Rizzoli NYC and an exhibit to follow at Jason McCoy Gallery. The Art of Li-Lan: A World Achieved is a collaboration with the artist’s long-term friend, poet and writer Carter Ratcliff.
Li-lan and Carter Ratcliff will present and discuss the book, as well as be available for signings at Rizzoli NYC this Thursday, February 27, 2014. A survey of Li-lan’s work will follow at a solo exhibition that will open six weeks later on April 3rd, 2014 at Jason McCoy Gallery, and will run through April 25th.
Born in New York to the gallerist Helen Wimmer Gee and the Modernist painter Yun Gee, Li-lan was exposed from a young age to cultural sophistication that matured into a unique art form. Through the author’s extensive research and personal friendship, a sensitive and penetrating narrative guides us through a gentle but hard-fought life of artistic accomplishment. The Art of Li-Lan: A World Achieved portrays the development of the artist within the fabric of the American experience as she cements her own identity. Carter Ratcliff’s narration is accompanied by an expansive, illustrated retrospect of Li-Lan’s work, as well as by original photographs.
Li-lan’s solo exhibition at Jason McCoy Gallery, April 3- April 24, 2014, will include paintings and pastel works on paper. While her medium varies, her signature style is routinely crisp and poetic. She deliberately places objects, animals and figures into new and unstable contexts, creating relationships that solidify the power of imagination and invite intellectual study. As Carter Ratcliff writes in the catalog for Li-Lan’s 2006 exhibition Silent Journey, “Mixing assertions with denials—fragments of perspectival systems with literalist bits and pieces—[Li Lan] introduces a lovely sort of trance.”
Carter Ratcliff is an honored poet, art connoisseur, teacher, and lecturer whose work has been published extensively for art journals, institutions, and museums worldwide. His books include monographs on Marisol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, John Singer Sargent, Leon Polk Smith, Andy Warhol, and many others. His books of poetry include Fever Cast, 1973, Give Me Tomorrow, 1983 and Arrivederci, Modernismo, 2007.
Li-lan has exhibited extensively in the USA and internationally, particularly in Taiwan and Japan. Her work is in major public and private collections all over the world, including the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC; the Parrish Museum in Southampton, NY; the William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, CT; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki, Japan; and the Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Karuizawa, Japan.
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