David Diao, 2018
Delmonico books — Prestel
With contributions from Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, Felicia Chen, Kerry Doran
Born 1943, Chengdu, China. Lives and works in New York City.
Kin, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, ShangART, Beijing
David Diao: America Beckoning, Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
David Diao: Hong Kong Boyhood, Postmasters Gallery, New York
Ref : Barnett Newman, Office Baroque, Brussels
Walk Right In… (with Gwenn Thomas), Jeffrey Stark, New York
Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Social Photography V, Carriage Trade, New York
Prelude / Subversion, Gallery Baton, Seoul
Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
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.