How a young painter from mainland China became a local treasure is a story unto itself, but Xi Zhang seems to have settled in Denver, along with a stunning portfolio of mature, explosive work that he’s created here. Some of that work has been seen over the last few years at Plus Gallery, which represents Zhang. But starting today, Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA, a mini-retrospective of more than thirty paintings done since 2009, will spread out in the expansive McNichols Building. Zhang notes that his favorite painting of all time — "no one’s wonderland," his monumental six-by-twenty-foot University of Colorado at Boulder thesis painting that represents four months of work — is just one highlight of this sprawling show. Work done during his 2012 URRA Art Residency in Buenos Aires, where Zhang represented the United States in conjunction with Denver’s Biennial of the Americas, as well as paintings from various series, including a set of circular, culture-clashing canvases enhanced with gold leaf, will also be on view.
21st Century DNA is an excellent preamble to the return of the Biennial this summer; see the show at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue in Civic Center Park, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, through July 29. An official reception is planned for later in the month. For more information, go to the McNichols Building’s page at artsandvenuesdenver.com.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: April 4. Continues through July 29, 2013
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