Born, Shanghai, 1983, lives and works in Beijing
Cui Jie is considered as a significant emerging voice of the Chinese ‘post-80’ generation (the first generation to grow up in mainland China in an entirely reformist era). Her technical mastery of the painted surface renders extraordinary, architectonically-layered works, that source hyperbolic combinations of ‘idealized’ urban architecture, finding commonalities that merge a sense of alienation common to both contemporary Beijing and post-war, Communist DDR. City plans and multiple exposures are captured in layers of ‘sculptural impasto’, slowly piled, masked and contained to embody the transformations of China’s urbanscape, through slowly accrued human mountains of time, labour, politics and bureaucracy. Cui Jie’s paintings arguably create a fascinating contemporary parallel to de Chirico’s “Pittura Metafisica”, whose dreamlike works (painted between 1911-1920), depicted empty city plazas with sharp contrasts of light and shadow implying a vague and mysterious menace.
Cui Jie opened a solo exhibition, The Enormous Space, at OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, in January 2018. She will participate in An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, the inaugural edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art in July 2018. Cui Jie presented her first solo exhibition with mother’s tankstation, Latter, Former, in May 2016. Selected group exhibitions include Past Skin, MoMA PS1, New York (2017), The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017), A New Ballardian Vision, Metro Pictures, New York (2017), A Beautiful Disorder, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Sussex (2016), HACK SPACE, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad, K11, Hong Kong and Shanghai (2016), The World in 2015, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015), START Gallery, Israel (2015), My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and Oklahoma City Museum of Art (2014), Tianhong Mei Heyuan Arts Center, Hangzhou (2013), Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012). Cui Jie is featured in the latest edition of Phaidon’s survey publication of contemporary painting ‘Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting’ (2016).