DAVID DIAO
BEST LAID PLANS
30 October 2008 - 10 January 2009
PREVIEW 29 October, 7 - 9 pm
ARTIST TALK 6 pm

For over forty years David Diao has made remarkable works that borrow from the history of modernist painting. Tanya Leighton Gallery will showcase new and recent paintings and works on paper by this eminent abstractionist. ‘Best Laid Plans’ is David Diao’s first solo exhibition in Germany and his first at Tanya Leighton.

In the beginning of his career in the 1960s, Diao’s work engaged formalist concerns of process and material, and in the mid-80s he moved towards addressing modernism’s discursive and materialist formations in his paintings. In this recent body of work, he questions some of the culturally ingrained truisms of art making: genius, permanence, expression, and autonomy. The artist’s key question in this exhibition is: “Can digging among the remnants be a means to rescue whatever criticality the project of modern painting had once imagined?” (Diao)

See other works by David Diao.


David Diao
‘Do You Ever Move the Furniture?’, 2007
Acrylic and vinyl on canvas; 46 x 91,5 x 3,2 cm
Unique
DIAO-2008-0007



David Diao
‘That Close! Updated’, 2008
Acrylic, oil and vinyl on canvas
168 x 183 x 2,5 cm
Unique
DIAO-2008-0002



David Diao
‘The Rug, It Shrank!’, 2004-5
Acrylic and oil on canvas
2 separate panels; 1 at 183 x 122 x 3,8 cm
1 at 183 x 152 x 3,8 cm
Unique
DIAO-2008-0004



David Diao
‘Endangered Species 2’, 2004
Acrylic and oil on canvas
213 x 274 x 3,8 cm
Unique
DIAO-2008-0001



David Diao
‘Sitting In the Glass House 2’, 2005
Acrylic and oil on canvas
101 x 152 x 4 cm
Unique
DIAO-2008-0005



David Diao
‘Perfect Arrangement at 1/4 Scale’, 2005
Cut felt framed under plexiglas
75,5 x 106 cm (framed 85,5 x 116 x 5,1 cm)
Edition 2/5
DIAO-2008-0010



David Diao
‘Furniture Stays Put’, 2008
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 99 x 2,5 cm
Unique
DIAO-2008-0008