Plus Gallery in conjunction with Arts Brookfield presents the solo exhibition “Shelter of Desire” featuring major recent paintings by Xi Zhang from his Metallic Leaf Garden Series. The selections for the exhibition were made by Arts Brookfield curator Andra Archer. The exhibition will be on view at 1801 California Street in the heart of Downtown Denver, Colorado. The exhibition opens with a public reception on Thursday, February 16th from 4:30 – 7:00pm and is free to the public.
Born in 1984 in Kaifeng, China, Xi Zhang has been immersed in the practice of art throughout his entire life. Upon completion of his studies in painting at China’s Beijing Institute of Art and Design, he moved to the United States to further his artistic training at Denver, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from RMCAD in 2008, and that same year was recognized by then Denver Post art critic Kyle MacMillan as the “Emerging Artist of the Year.” Zhang continued from there with his masters studies in painting at the University of Colorado, Boulder, receiving his MFA from the institution in 2011. That same year he was named one of the “12 Best Colorado Artists Under 35” as well as one of seven “Pathfinders” in the arts also by MacMillan in the Denver Post.
Zhang has presented his work in a number of notable solo exhibitions throughout Colorado, including Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA at the McNichols Civic Center Building, presented in conjunction with the City of Denver in 2013 and Bone at Plus Gallery, Denver in 2014. In 2011 he was commissioned by CNN for their “Ripple” online international art project in commemoration of the ten year anniversary of 9/11, with his painting receiving more than four million hits from the news channels website. Later that year Zhang delivered a Logan Lecture at the Denver Art Museum as part of the prestigious series’ fall focus on International Contemporary Chinese Artists. In 2012 Zhang received his United States citizenship as an “Artist of extraordinary ability,” paving his way forward towards a career as a US-based artist. Immediately following that honor he was selected by the Denver Biennial of the Americas to represent the United States at the URRA artist residency program in Buenos Aires. In 2016 Zhang received the Gold Medal top prize for painting for Art Forward contest #5 and has been nominated for the John Moores Painting Prize with related exhibition at the Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, as well as the Premio Combat Prize, with related exhibition in Livorno, Italy. Zhang is serving as Artist in Residence with Marc Straus Gallery, New York City from May through July 2016. Zhang’s work has been acquired by some of the most prominent contemporary collectors and curators in the state of Colorado and throughout the United States.
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.”