Born 1943, Chengdu, China. Lives and works in New York.
Berlin Chair in Pieces, Postmasters, New York
David Diao: Traces of Modernism, Gazelli Art House, London
David Diao, ShanghART, Singapore
New Work, Office Baroque, Antwerp
Chambres d’Amis: Ikea, Office Baroque, Antwerp
Coloring, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Daniel Sturgis, Bauhaus University, Weimar
Malevich Two Ways
Referring to pioneering abstract artist Kazimir Malevich, Diao brings to light a humorous and revealing side of the artist who is discussed in Art History 101 courses with supreme reverence. Diao’s painting pictures one of Malevich’s Suprematist Constructions in two different orientations. In the years following Malevich’s debut of a number of paintings from this series in Moscow 1919 they were subsequently hung in differing orientations to their original display. First attributed to potential misunderstandings by exhibition organizers, it later became clear that Malevich was himself present for the installation of his works and therefore knew that they were being shown differently than previously. Some paintings rotated three times over the course of eight years. Diao calling attention to this art historical hiccup is a reminder that not all narratives are concrete and that history is often written from the present.