Born 1943, Chengdu, China. Lives and works in New York.
David Diao: Traces of Modernism, Gazelli Art House, London
David Diao, ShanghART, Singapore
New Work, Office Baroque, Antwerp
Studios and Sales, Postmasters, New York
Coloring, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Daniel Sturgis, Bauhaus University, Weimar
New York: the 1980s; Part Two, Le Consortium, Dijon
Genealogías del Arte, curated by Manuel Fontán del Junco, Fundación Juan March
Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Daniel Sturgis, Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, London
There will never be a door. You are inside, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Sala de Arte of Fundacion Santander, Madrid, Spain
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.