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Born 1962 in Shanghai, China

Lives and works in Shanghai, China

Ding Yi

Ding Yi (b. 1962) was born and currently resides in Shanghai. He graduated from Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute in 1983 and graduated from Shanghai University with B.F.A. in 1990. The practice of Ding Yi encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture. He works primarily with “+” and its variant “x” as formal visual signals, above and against the political and social allegories typical of painting in China. He chose this sign in the second half of the 80s as a synonym of structure, rationality and of a pictorial expressiveness that reflects the essence of things.

The simplicity of compositional structure contrasts with the use of a wide variety of materials and of colors that range from almost monochrome tones to the very bright and fluorescent. For the artist these are a record on canvas of the excesses, noise, chaos and confusion but also the stimuli and styles of the city of Shanghai, with which his work is inextricably bound up.

Ding Yi has exhibited extensively at various institutions and galleries, among many others, Power Station of Art (Shanghai, 2019); San Francisco MoMA (2018-2019); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York/Bilbao, 2017-2018); Daimler Contemporary (Berlin, 2017); Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2015); Lehmbruck Museum (Duisburg, 2015); Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo MAXXI (Rome, 2011); Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, 2010); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2007); Exhibition tour in museums in Bern, Hamburger, Barcelona, etc. (2005-2009); Hamburger Bahkhof Museum Für Gegenwart (Berlin, 2001). His works has also been included in 45th Venice Biennale (1993), The First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1993), 11th Biennale of Sydney (1998), Yokohama 2001 International Triennale of Contemporary Art (2001), 6th Shanghai Biennale (2006), 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012), 6th Busan Biennale (2016).

He has recent solo exhibitions at Long Museum (Chongqing, 2020/ West Bund, Shanghai, 2015), Nova Contemporary (Bangkok, 2020), Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle (Munich, 2019), Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, 2018), ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, 2018/ Singapore 2015), Xi’an Art Museum (Xi’an, 2017), Timothy Taylor Gallery (London/New York, 2017), Hubei Museum of Art (Wuhan, 2016), Galerie Karsten Greve (Paris, 2007&2014&2019&2021/ St.Moritz, 2012/ Cologne, 2008&2020), Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, 2011), Museo d’Arte Modena di Bologna (Bologna, 2008), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, 2005).

Selected Works
Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2008-9
Chalk, charcoal on canvas
140 × 160 cm
with Clara Brörmann, Vincent Chenut, Fran van Coppenolle, Ted Gahl, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Richard Tuttle, Adelheid De Witte, Dome Wood, Ding Yi, Xu Zhen
March 4 - April 8, 2023

Review in Frieze Magazine, Colin Siyuan Chinnery, September 2015

From Performance to Abstraction, Yu-Chieh Li in conversation with Ding Yi, MoMA post, 2015

Review in Frieze Magazine, Carol Yinghua Lu, May 2012

Avoiding useless indecision – Some Notes on Ding Yi’s “Appearance of Crosses”, Feng Boyi, 2018

Showing the World His True Self: Another Interpretation of Ding Yi’s Paintings, Ji Shaofeng, 2017

The Meaning Behind Ding Yi’s Crosses, Liu Chun, 2017

Ding Yi: A User’s Manual, Christopher Moore, 2017

Crosstalk: A Brief History of Ding Yi, Martin Herbert, 2017

Ding Yi: Towards a New Dynamism, Hettie Judah, 2017

Das Kreuz mit der chinesischen Kunst - Minh An Szabó de Bucs, Minh An Szabó de Bucs, 2016

Re-appearance of Crosses - An Interpretation of Ding Yi’s Paintings, Ji Shaofeng, 2016

Reading Ding Yi in the Art Historiographical Context , Tian S. Liang, 2015

The Reception of Ding Yi and the Framework of Chinese Art History, Shane McCausland, 2015

Ding Yi’s “Appearance of Crosses”: From Spiritual Enlightenment to Conceptual Reflection, Bao Dong, 2013

Repetitious Craze, Wang Min'an, 2011

Seeing, rather than perception - Ding Yi's paintings in the context of European ways of looking at art, Thibaut Verhoeven, 2011

The Ding Yi Grid, Demetrio Paparoni, 2011

The "Cross" of Ding Yi - Anchoring and Wandering in Painting, 2011

Ding Yi and the Impossibility of Abstraction, Tony Godfrey, 2011

X Marks the Spot, Liu Xiaolin, 2010

An Excessive Minimalist, Hou Hanru, 2010

Deconstructing the Abstract , Ding Yi, 2008

The Magician of Crosses, Cao Weijun, 2007

Foreword - solo exhibition in Ikon gallery, U.K., Jonathan Watkins, 2005

Ding Yi , Li Xu, 2004

"Shishi" As a Mark Organization, Wu Liang, 2004

A Series of Paintings shown in Crosses, Bo Xiaobo, 2004

Ding Yi, Franck SERRANO, 2004

Ding Yi, Hou Hanru, 2002

Shanghai's 'Advance' into Allover, Roy Forward, 2002

Modern art in Shanghai during the 1990s, Xia Wei, 1999

Ding Yi, Huang Du, 1998

15 X RED by DING YI , 1996

On The New Crosses of '15 X Red' , Daniel Baillon, 1996

Simplicity, Complexity, Synthesis - Ding Yi's painting process., Monica Dematte, 1994

A Dialogue of Cultural Significance, 1992

A Conversation with Ding Yi: Finding a New Spirit in Painting, He Jing, 2018

A Conversation between Shane McCausland and Ding Yi, 2015

A Ding Yi Interview by Mathieu Borysevicz, Mathieu Borysevicz, 2013

A Conversation with Ding Yi , Paul Gladston, 2012

Interview with Ding Yi, Cao Weijun, 2007

Resembling the World Outside - Interview with Ding Yi , Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2005

Ding Yi - Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, Colin Siyuan Chinnery, 2015

What’s Left to Appear: Ding Yi and Immersive Spectatorship , Shane McCausland, 2015

Scoring with crosses - The Straits Times, Feb 28, 2015, Lee Jian Xuan, 2015


with Clara Brörmann, Vincent Chenut, Fran van Coppenolle, Ted Gahl, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Richard Tuttle, Adelheid De Witte, Dome Wood, Ding Yi, Xu Zhen

March 4 - April 8, 2023
Waldburger Wouters
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