Xi Zhang is an exceptional painter and one of the most credible, pure emerging artists of his generation. Plus Gallery celebrates the release of our latest publication of his work Xi Zhang Paintings 2014-2016 with a virtual exhibition of the third installment of his ongoing Metallic Leaf Garden series., a tour de-force in both scale, scope and direction for the artist. Since his youth and upbringing in Kaifeng, China, Xi Zhang has always carried a deeply embedded family history within art in parallel with his innate talent. His previous works have been considered beautiful, highly detailed, outlandishly experimental, gutsy, at times wildly humorous and almost always enormously compelling. Our new volume available through blurb.com presents all three series so far from Zhang’s expansive Metallic Leaf Garden, currently consisting of more than 50 episodes, as well as the related series Golden Compass and a propulsive stream of tests dubbed Mr. Vincent Munch. For Zhang, everything he has created prior has been a search for the right tools, content, aesthetic, and technique in order to commence Metallic Leaf Garden. This long-range view for such a young artist is a strong sign towards the depth of his practice, lending gravity to his growing collector base and solid support amongst a wide range of contemporary curators. The manner in which Zhang compartmentalizes his practice is a personal fascination, one that truly equates with his mantra that “To live is not for painting, but the act of painting is to live.” Exhibition and prospective collector inquiries are welcome, please contact [email protected] for more information.
Breaking news: In one of the most exciting developments of 2016, Xi Zhang has been invited by prominent contemporary art collector and gallerist Marc Straus, to spend three months in New York City as an artist in residence starting in May. Zhang’s residency will be in connection with Marc Straus gallery located in the Lower East Side area at 299 Grand Street, currently one of the most booming scene’s within New York’s ever shifting core. Straus supports a first-rate stable of international contemporary artists, and, along with his wife Livia, is the founder of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY, which the residency also intersects. The residency is a major opportunity for Zhang to obtain exposure in New York, and comes at the invitation of prominent art patrons of tremendous depth and community standing, whose collection has been the focus of nine separate museum exhibitions. The opportunity comes at an exciting and appropriate time for Zhang in his blossoming career. Plus Gallery is honored to have Zhang participate in a prestigious program with roots to some of the most exciting contemporary art in the world today.
Plus Gallery has enriched Denver’s contemporary art scene since 2001, providing one of the leading, reputable platforms for prestigious artist representation and exhibitions of note in the region. The gallery was previously located at the corner of 25th and Larimer in North Downtown Denver, a unique renovation undertaken by gallery owners Ivar and Karen Zeile of a remnant parcel of the Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. That singular redevelopment added a two-story gallery space to the dramatic architecture of the historic Benjamin Moore complex and served as a visual anchor for the entrance to the Upper Larimer corridor and River North Arts District. The Zeile’s sold the building in the fall of 2014, bringing their time in the Ballpark District full-circle as one of the most successful contemporary art ventures in the city. The gallery was named “Art Space of the Year” in 2009 by the Denver Post and most recently ranked Number four on the Denver Posts 2014 list of Top Galleries. The gallery has been profiled for its distinct architecture in 5280, Modern In Denver and Art Ltd. Plus Gallery is a member of the Denver Art Dealers Association and the River North Arts District. Gallery owner Ivar Zeile has served as the creative director for the Denver Theatre District since 2009. He initiated Denver Digerati in 2012 as a platform for advancing animation and motion-based art as new forms of public art via Denver’s unique LED screen inventory, a program that continues to evolve as one of the leading platforms of its kind in the world today. Plus Gallery currently operates privately in an advisory capacity with our clients, consultants and new collectors or corporations who are interested in developing a prestigious collection. All inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
Plus Gallery has released five major artist monographs to date: “Jenny Morgan: We are all setting suns” is a 180 page book that features the artist’s entire body of work from 2010 through May of 2012. “Jenny Morgan: New Territory” is a 240 page book featuring a comprehensive view of paintings by Jenny Morgan from the time she debuted in 2003 through her 2009 Plus Gallery and NYC exhibitions. “Xi Zhang: Dream Dusts” features the majority of Zhang’s paintings from the critically acclaimed exhibition 12921 through his astounding 2011 MFA thesis painting No One’s Wonderland, Form is Emptiness. The 184 page “Colin Livingston – Artist” offers an in-depth view of one of the gallery’s most outstanding, celebrated contemporary artists. The book covers Livingston’s last three solo exhibitions from between the years 2006 and 2013, ones that have engaged the gallery context in a most extraordinary fashion, presenting conceptual painting-based installations where the underlying message is distinct and multi-layered. Our most recent publication “Xi Zhang – Paintings 2014-2016” is the first in a new series of affordable artist profiles printed through blurb.com’s high quality Magazine format. The 116 page publication showcases Zhang’s most recent, expansive series of paintings “Metallic Leaf Garden” as well as the offshoot series “Golden Compass” and a compendium of test works “Mr. Vincent Munch.”