Fall Exhibitions at Pace Gallery

Zhang Huan, "Sea No. 15," 2012, incense ash on linen, 60-1/4" × 6' 6-3/4."

On the heels of Pace’s second summer on the East End, the gallery has two fall exhibitions planned for its East Hampton location — solo exhibitions of work by Zhang Huan and teamLab.

“Zhang Huan: Living towards Nothingness,” opens September 2 and runs through September 19. It show features works from Zhang’s celebrated “Ash Painting” series, which the artist began in 2005 as part of his explorations of ephemerality. Drawn from a body of 30 paintings of semi-abstracted depictions of the sea rendered in incense ash on linen, this grouping includes works from 2011 and 2012. In Zhang’s belief, incense ash “speaks to the fulfillment of millions of hopes, dreams, and blessings” and serves as a material embodiment of prayers and their makers. The series is deeply engaged with the artist’s Buddhist practice. The artist presented a selection of Ash Paintings at his 2020 survey at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. With that exhibition, Zhang became the first Chinese contemporary artist to have a solo presentation at the Russian institution.

“Life Survives by the Power of Life” runs September 30 to October 31, and will feature five monitor works by the international art collective teamLab. Each work explores what teamLab has termed “Ultrasubjective Space.” This concept, which focuses on the ways that viewers become immersed within the worlds of the artworks they see, relates to the “flat” spatial theory prevalent in premodern East Asian picture scrolls and other works. Highlights include the immersive works “Universe of Fire Particles” (2021), “Flowers and People – A Whole Year per Hour” (2020), and “Life Survives by the Power of Life II” (2020), which features vivid renderings of the four seasons in 8K resolution. “Life Survives by the Power of Life” coincides with teamLab’s solo exhibition “teamLab: Continuity” at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Pace Gallery is at 68 Park Place Passage, East Hampton. For more information, visit pacegallery.com.