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Zhou Li ‘Inside the White Cube’ (2019)


Text by Xu Sheng and Dr Pui Yin Tong
Edited by Honey Luard
Designed by Jonathan Hares
231 x 167 mm, softback       
85 pages, 35 colour illustrations        
ISBN 978-1-910844-37-3
Published by White Cube, 2019

Suggesting a flow and movement which reflects Zhou Li’s own restless self-examination, in her paintings Zhou explores the relationship of emotions to perception and the fusion of the logical and illogical within inner consciousness, ideas which lie at the core of ancient Chinese philosophy.

This title was published to coincide with Zhou’s first solo exhibition in London, presented as part of the Inside the White Cube strand, at White Cube Bermondsey (17 April – 30 June 2019). Featuring large-scale paintings from two series of works, the book reproduces all of the works in the exhibition, alongside texts by Dr Pui Yin Tong, Associate Director at White Cube Hong Kong, and Shanghai-based independent scholar and curator Xu Sheng.

Zhou was born in 1969 in Hunan, China, and lives and works in Shenzhen. She studied oil painting at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China, graduating in 1991. In 1995 Zhou moved to France, where she lived and worked until 2003. In 2015 Zhou was appointed Director of the Institute of Abstraction and Contemporary Arts, at the Centre of Research on Artistic and Cultural Innovation and Development, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. Since 2013 she has been a guest professor in the Oil Painting Department, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China.

Inside the White Cube is a strand in the gallery’s programming that focuses attention on artists previously not widely exhibited. Accompanying a number of the exhibitions are modest softback books offered as an introduction to artist’s practise. Often the first publication devoted to the artist, these books are produced in a limited run of 500 copies, and are highly collectable.

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Dr Pui Yin Tong is Associate Director of White Cube Hong Kong. She has a PhD in Art History and holds a Master Degree in Scenography from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London. She is also a Professor at Guangzhou Academy of Art, China. Xu Sheng in an independent scholar and art critic based in Shanghai. He is a BA graduate from China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, and MA graduate from Erasmus Mondus (University of Perpignan, France; University of St Andrews, UK; University of Bergamo, Italy).