Xu Yong, North Ditch Hutong, 1989, Photography, 63x83cm
Xu Yong

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Xu Yong

Xu Yong (b.1954) currently lives and works in Beijing. Originally self-taught, Xu Yong later graduated from the Luoyang Polytechnic in 1978 and became a pioneer of contemporary art in China. He was involved in initiating the Beijing 798 Art District. A photographer with more than 20 books to his credit, one of his most acclaimed photographic series is the enchanting 101 Portraits of Hutong, first published in 1989. It records the poetic charms of the traditional Beijing courtyard houses separated by narrow lanes (hutongs), neighbourhoods that were on the verge of extinction, indiscriminately demolished in China’s rush to modernise.

His photographic artworks have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in London, Germany, Swiss, Netherlands, Korea, Taiwan. 

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 1954 Born in Shanghai
2021 This Face, BankART KAIKO, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Negatives, Julian Sander Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2013 Portraits of Hutong, HUA Gallery, London, UK
2012 China Photo-Xu Yong, Palais de Seoul Art Center & Gallery CSP111, Seoul, Korea
Future Direction, Enjoy Museum of Art, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
2011 This Face, 798 SPACE, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
2010 18% Gray, 798 SPACE, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
2016 The Invitational Exhibition of the Festival Images Vevey, Switzerland
The Invitational Exhibition of the BredaPhoto International Photo Festival, Netherlands
The Special Invitational Exhibition of the Darmstadt Photography Festival, Germany
2015
Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China
2014 Liquid Culture- China & Korea New Media Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2017 Yu Na, Editions Bessard, France
2015 Negatives, New Century Press, Hong Kong, 2014; Verlag Kettler, Germany
2011 This Face, Culture of China Publication Co. Ltd., Hong Kong
2010 18% Gray, Timezone 8 Contemporary Art Books Publishing Co.
2007 Solution Schemes, Culture of China Publication Co. Ltd., Hong Kong
2006 Backdrops and Backdrops, Timezone 8 Contemporary Art Books Publishing Co.
2002 Xiaofangjia Hutong, China Photography Publishing House
2001 Opening Beijing, Beijing Sanlian Publishing House
1996 Hutong 99, photography collection, Beijing Publishing House

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