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December at Pace Gallery

Pace London is delighted to announce its first exhibition of the work of Liu Jianhua. Between will be presented at 6 Burlington Gardens, from 5 November to 23 December 2015 and will coincide with the eighteenth annual instalment of Asian Art in London.

Working primarily in porcelain, Liu Jianhua’s personal affinity with the traditional medium sprung from fourteen years of training at the imperial kilns of Jingdezhen. By creating new forms in this ancient material, Liu brings into question the contemporary Chinese artists' relationship with cultural heritage.

Liu Jianhua’s delicate porcelain installations possess aesthetic beauty, placing strong emphasis on form and material. Liu stands away from the prevailing styles in contemporary art (that of social commentary and narrative approaches) and favours a “no meaning, no content” approach which signals an innovative direction in contemporary art creation.

Meanwhile, downstairs is an exhibition of works by John Hoyland, Anthony Caro and Kenneth Noland, celebrating the friendship and connections between the three artists. The exhibition will be on view in the ground floor gallery of 6 Burlington Gardens from 20 November to 16 January 2016.

This exhibition is the first presentation by Pace London of these masters. It also marks Noland’s first exhibition in the UK since the artist’s death in 2010.

Anthony Caro, John Hoyland, Kenneth Noland will explore the matrix of concerns—colour, form, material and working in series—that these figures shared with a selection of work by each artist from the 1960s and 1970s. It will allow the viewer to consider the inner relations between important works by these modern masters.

Hoyland, Caro and Noland all emerged in the wake of the first generation of the New York School and sought to continue the legacies of their abstract forebears. Hoyland first met Noland in 1964 having already been deeply impressed by Caro's historic show at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1963, the year before his own appearance there with the influential 'New Generation' Exhibition. Caro's work had shifted ground dramatically during his time in the United States, and his capacity for inventing new forms had made Hoyland recognise the value of meeting the artists, including Noland, who had had such an impact on his friend.

Pace London is based at 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

This article was written for the December/January edition for the paper. It features content appropriate to the intended date of publication, and hence it might not be possible to visit or see the events/objects mentioned anymore. We apologise for the delay in the publication of the article.

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