David Diao

Born 1943, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Lives and works in New York, USA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015David Diao, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (forthcoming)
2014David Diao: Front to Back, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA
Melnikov, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2013tmi, Postmasters, New York, USA
2012David Diao: Franklin Street, 5th fl, 1974-2012 (curated by Pavel S. Pyś), 72 Franklin Street, New York, USA
2011David Diao: Da Hen Li House, I lived there until I was 6..., MC Contemporary, Madrid, Spain
David Diao: Design Matters, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2010David Diao, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
2009I lived there until I was 6..., Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
2008Best Laid Plans, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Da hen Li House, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
2005Demolished/At Risk, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
David Diao: Co To Jest Konstruktywizm & After, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystock and Galeria Klima Bochenska, Warsaw, Poland
2000Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1999Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1997Histoires Et Fictions, Peintures Recentes De David Diao, La Criée and La Galerie du Tnb, Rennes, France
1995The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1994Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1993Barnett Newman: 1 painting & 5 prints, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1992Vendus, École National d’Art de Dijon, Dijon, France
1991Selections 1972–1991, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
...a real allegory, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1990Claire Burrus Gallery, Paris, France
Het Kruithuis, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘s–Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands and Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium
1989Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Joseph Dutertre, Rennes, France
Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France
1988Galerie Westersingel 8, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1986Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1985Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1980Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, USA
1979Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Elkins Park, USA
1978115 Spring Street (Artist’s Studio), New York, USA
1975Cuningham Ward Gallery, New York, USA
1974Jared Sable Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Cuningham Ward Gallery, New York, USA
1973Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1972Reese Palley Gallery, New York, USA
1971Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1970New Gallery, Cleveland, USA
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
1969Françoise Lambert Galleria, Milan, Italy
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA

Selected 2 and 3 person Exhibitions

2012David Diao and Walid Raad, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
2011One Suitcase Per Person (with Ken Lum & Hiram To, curated by Davina Lee), 1a Art Space, Hongkong
2005David Diao/Gang Zhao, TZ Hanart Gallery, Hongkong
2003David Diao /Gang Zhao: at Mid Career, Asian American Arts Centre, New York, USA
1988Michael Corris, David Diao, Olivier Mosset, Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
1972David Diao and Cy Twombly, Hampshire College, Amherst, USA
1969Scenic Landmarks of New York presents a Scenic Landmark for Toronto, David Diao and Brice Marden, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada
David Diao and Peter Young, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015Museum Studies, Berman Museum, Collegeville, USA (forthcoming)
2014Some Artists, Minus Space, Brooklyn, USA
ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
2013Swing State, Jane Kim Gallery, New York, USA
2012Conceptual Abstraction, Hunter College Gallery, New York, USA
OPEN::CLOSED (curated by David Howe), 601Artspace, New York, USA
Context Message, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, USA
Richteriana, Greg Allen, David Diao, Rory Donaldson, Hasan Elahi, Fabian Marcaccio, and Rafael Rozendaal, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
Painters Panting (Curated by Stuart Horodner), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, USA
The Annual: 2012, National Academy Museum, New York, USA
2011The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960s to now (curated by Daniel Sturgis, Martin Clark and Sarah Shalgosky), Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK
Art/Système/Poésie, In Situ Gallery, Paris, France
The Horizon Behind Us (curated by Michele D'Aurizio), The Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan, Italy
2010Lonely at the Top, Modern Dialect (curated by Win Van den Abbeele), Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium
Matthew Brannon, Mathew Cerletty, David Diao, Daniel Sinsel, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
2009Images & (Re)Presentations, Magasin-CNAC, Grenoble, France
2007High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975 , National Academy Museum, New York, USA (traveling to numerous venues in the USA and Europe)
2005Dreaming of A More Better Future (curated by Saul Ostrow), Cleveland Institute of Art, Rehberger Galleries, Cleveland, USA
2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Design for Living, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, USA
Les apparencees sont souvent trompeuses, capc Musée D’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
2004About Painting, Tang Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Black Belt, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA
2003Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Temporal Surfaces, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2001The Sensibility of the 80s, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland
2000Personal Space: the Domesticated Long Island Landscape, The Parrish Museum, Southampton, USA
1997After the Fall, Painting in New York Since 1970, Snug Harbor Center for the Arts, Staten Island, USA
1996Landscape Reclaimed, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA
Thinking Print, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Fractured Fairy Tales: Art in the Age of Categorical Disintegration, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, USA
Time Wise, The Swiss Institute, New York, USA
1995Raw, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
True Lies, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, USA
On Target, Horodner Romley Gallery, New York, USA
1994East/West, Cross Cultural Influences in Painting, E.S. Vandam, New York, USA
About Time, Testwall, TZ’Art & Co., New York, USA
Crash, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA
Die Orte der Kunst, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
1992Gegen den Strich—Against the Grain, Galerie Theuretzbacher, Vienna, Austria
C’Est Pas La Fin Du Monde—Une Vue Des Années 80, La Cour d’Or, Musée de Metz, Metz, France
Génériques, le Visuel et l’Écrit, Hôtel des Arts, Paris, France
Oeuvres Americaines, Autour de la Collection, FRAC, Dijon, France
Slow Art: Painting In New York Now, P.S.1 Museum, Queens, USA
Then & NOW, Philippe Staib Gallery, New York, USA
Quotations, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA
En Noir Et Blanc, Galerie du Tnb, Rennes, France
1991Conceptual Abstraction, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA
Schwerelos, Grossen Orangerie, Charlottenberg Castle, Berlin, Germany
Le Consortium Collectione, Château d’Oiron, Oiron, France
Words & #s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wright State University, Dayton, USA
Marta Cervera Gallery, New York, USA
The Construction of Knowledge, Diane Brown Gallery, New York, USA
PASTFUTURETENSE, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (cat.)
1990The Charade of Mastery, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
All Quiet On The Western Front?, Espace Dieu, Paris, France
1989Une Autre Affaire, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
Jet Lag, Turon Travel, Inc., New York, USA
Mind and Matter: New American Abstraction, USIA traveling exhibition to Asian capitals
Diagrams and Surrogates, Shea and Beker Gallery, New York, USA
Diao, Dona, Goldstein, and Ladda, Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
1988Hybrid Nuetral: Mode of Abstraction and the Social, traveling exhibition, Independent Curators, Inc., New York, USA
Art at the End of the Social, Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden
Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, USA
Meaningful Geometry, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
1987Generations of Geometry, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Post–Abstract Abstraction, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, USA
Corris, Diao, IFP, Parrino, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Avant–Garde in the 80’s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
1986Tableaux Abstraits, Villa Arson, Centre National d’Art , Nice, France
Ultrasurd, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
The Use of Geometry in the 80’s, Wright State University, Dayton, USA
Paravision II, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Red, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA
Abstract Appropriations, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, USA
Spiritual America, CEPA, Buffalo, New York, USA
1985Cult and Decorum, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA
The Non–Objective World, Kamikaze Club, New York, USA
1983The Terminal Show, Brooklyn, New York, USA
1982The Chinese Response: Paintings by Leading Overseas Artists, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1981Geometric Abstraction: A New Generation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
1979Mind Set: An Ongoing Involvement with the Rational Tradition, John Weber Gallery, New York, USA
1977The New York School: The State of the Art, New York State Museum, Albany, USA
1973Maler, Painters, Peintres, Prospect ‘73, Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
19728 New York Painters, Museum of Art, Berkeley, USA
1971The White Monochrome in 20th Century Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
8 from New York, Gallery A, Sidney, Australia
1970Two Generations of Color Painting, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA
Using Walls, Jewish Museum, New York, USA
1969Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
The Albert Pilavin Collection: 20th Century American Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, USA
1967Park Place Gallery, New York, USA

Selected Press and Publications

2012Kathy Zhang, 'One Suitcase Per Person', Art Asia Pacific, March/April, p.124
David Boyce, 'Stripped Down', Pipeline, March, p.62
2011Piper Koh, 'One Suitcase Per Person', Time Out Hong Kong, December 7
Els Fiers, 'David Diao', Metropolis M, February/March 2011, p.91
Vivian Ziherl, 'David Diao', _Leap, p.202
2009Elizabeth C. Baker, 'David Diao, Postmasters', Art in America, June/July 2009, p.198
Hiram To, 'Match Point', Harper’s Bazaar, March
'Galleries: Chelsea: David Diao', New Yorker, February 23
Nicole Pasulka, 'Loss of Home', The Morning News, March 2
Stephen Maine, 'David Diao: “I lived there until I was 6…” at Postmasters', artcritical.com, February
Paul Laster, 'David Diao, "I lived there until I was 6…"', Time Out New York, February 5
2008Philip Tinari, 'David Diao’s ‘Da Hen Li House’', catalog essay , Courtyard Gallery, Bejing, March
Catherine Spaeth, 'David Diao: A Picaresque Tale of Ruins', catherinesartforums.blogspot.com, May 2
Andrew Maerkle, 'David Diao', Art Asia Pacific # 57, March
2007Catherine Spaeth, 'Inspired by Environs, From City Loft to Country Trailer', The New York Times, April 8
2005Michael Corris, 'Medals of Honor and Flags of Convenience: The Paintings of David Diao, David Diao 1969 - 2005', Timezone 8 Art Books, Beijin
Co to Jest Konstruktywizm & After, Published by Galeria Arsenal, Poland (cat.)
Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt, Stammaume der Kunst zur Genealogie der Avantgarde, Akademie Verlag
Edward Leffinfwell, 'David Diao at Postmasters', Art In America, November
Helen A. Harrison, 'Design for Living', The New York Times, October 2
2003Howard Singerman, 'Noncompositional Effects, or the Process of Painting in 1970', Oxford Art Journal, 26 January
2001Lilly Wei, 'David Diao', review, Art in America, July
2000Michael Brennan, 'Painter’s Journal', artnet.com
Saul Ostrow, 'David Diao:Two Acts in One', NY Arts, Dec.
1999Serie’Bruche’:David Diao, art das kunstmagazin, Hamburg, Oct.
Henri-Pierre Jeudy, 'Les Usages Sociaux de l’Art', Circe, 1999, pp.147-160
Interview with David Diao, 'Fractured Fairy Tales', Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
1995Paul A. Anderson, 'Critical Painting and the Racial Sublime', Third Text #33, London, Fall
Mira Schor, 'The Bitter Tea of General Yen - Paintings by David Diao', Published by Provincetown Arts, Summer
David Rimanelli, 'David Diao', review, Artforum, Summer
Brooks Adams, 'David Diao', review, Art in America, May
Kathleen Finley Magnan, 'The Bitter Tea of David Diao', Asian Art News, Hong Kong, March/April
Elizabeth Hess, 'The Diao Foundation', The Village Voice, February 28
1994Gao Cianwei, 'Formalism and Meaning', Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei,Taiwan, December
Zheng Naiming, 'Cleanly Cropped Modern Landscape', Artist, Taipei, October
Conversation between Wu Mali and David Diao, 'Geometry and Beyond Geometry', Hsiung Shih Art Monthly,
Taipei, October
Hou Hanru, 'David Diao: Standing Up to Authority', Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei, September
1992David Diao, 'When the Wheel is Invented Anew', Tema Celeste, April/May
Richard Kalina, 'David Diao at Postmasters', (review) Art in America, March
Marjorie Welish, 'Abstraction, Advocacy of', Tema Celeste, Jan–Mar.
David Humphrey, 'David Diao at Postmasters', (review) Art Issues
Robert Mahoney, 'David Diao', (review) Arts, Jan.
Rhonda Lieberman, 'David Diao', (review) Artforum, Jan.
1991'Conceptual Abstraction', (cat. with artist’s statement), Published by Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, Nov/Dec
L. C. Huang, 'The New Language of Abstract Painting', Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei, November
Bruce Ferguson, 'A New History: David Diao’s Paintings, David Diao: Selections 1972–1991', (cat.), Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, October
Roselyne Perrodin, 'Paintings David Diao, Bernard Frieze and Francois Perrodin, Abstract Paintings in the
Collection of FRAC', Bretagne
1990Charles Penwarden, 'David Diao', review, Artscribe, December
'David Diao: Peinture et Silence', Elle, #2341, Paris, November 19
Lucy R. Lippard, 'Mixed Blessings', New York and Toronto
Victoria Lu, 'Postmodernist Art', Artists’ Press, Taipei
Heinz–Peter Schwerfel, 'David Diao', Beaux–Arts, #84, November
Bruce Ferguson, 'Modernism’s Many Lives: David Diao', Artforum, May
Richard W. Quinn, 'Critical Investments', essay in The Charade of Mastery, (cat.), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Bruce Ferguson, 'PASTFUTURETENSE: or What is a Meta For?', essay in PASTFUTURETENSE,
(cat.), Published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
Kees Broos, 'On Thin Ice', essay in David Diao (cat.), Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Het Kruithuis, ’s– Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium
Joshua Decter, 'A Genealogy of Signs: David Diao’s Metahistoricist Redactions (Synchronic into Diachronic,
Diachronic into Synchronic)', ibid.
Jack Bankowsky, 'David Diao', review, Artforum, March
Peggy Cyphers, 'David Diao', review, Arts, February
Terry R. Myers, 'David Diao', review, Lapiz, February
1989Joshua Decter, 'The Greenberg Effect', Arts, December
Roberta Smith, 'Tops of the Town: Critics’ Choices', New York Times, Nov 24
Bruce Ferguson, 'From Vision to Text: a Re–Action', essay in David Diao (cat.), Musée d’Art Moderne
Saint–Etienne, France
1988Catherine Grout, 'David Diao, Formalisme et Histoire', (interview), Art Press, No. 130, Paris, November
Ken Johnson, 'David Diao at Postmasters', Art in America, July
Michael Jenkins, 'David Diao–Interview', Artpapers, Atlanta, May/June
Robert C. Morgan, 'Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom, David Diao and the Modernist Monogram', Arts, May
Jack Bankowsky, 'Iconoclasms: The Styles of David Diao', essay in exhibition catalog, Postmasters Gallery, New York, March
Catherine Queloz, 'La Peintre en Abyme: Notes sur le Travail de David Diao', FACES: Journal d'Architectures, No. 7, Geneva, Winter 1987/1988
Collins and Milazzo, 'Tropical Codes, 3. David Diao, Die Überflüssigkeit der Vision', Kunstforum International, No. 92, Köln, December 1987–January
1987'Neo–Geo, New Mode from New York', Bijutsu Techo, Tokyo, December
Nicholas Bourriaud, 'L’Heritage de l’Indifference, Art Minimal', Artstudio, No. 6, Paris, Autumn
Craig Bromberg, 'Teaching Tomorrow’s Avant–Garde', Artnews, Sept.
Roberta Smith, 'Generations of Geometry', New York Times, July 17
Robert C. Morgan, 'David Diao’s New Paintings: The Historicity of the Present', C magazine, Toronto, June
Barry Schwabsky, 'David Diao–Review', Artscribe, London, April/May
Christian Besson, 'Tableaux Abstraits', Art Press, No. 106, Paris, September, reprinted from catalog, Villa
Arson/ Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice
1986Stephen Westfall, 'Diaorama', Art in America, March
1981Clark V. Poling, 'Geometric Abstraction: A New Generation', Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Jan
1979Thomas Lawson, 'David Diao–Review', Art in America, Jan/Feb
Tiffany Bell, 'David Diao', Arts, January
1978Carrie Rickey, 'Fashion/Custom/Style', Artforum, October (Cover)
1977Joseph Masheck, 'David Diao’s Chinatown', Arts, January
1974John Elderfield, 'Diao,' Studio International, London, Summer (Cover designed by Diao)
Thomas B. Hess, 'Hello Old Paint!', New York magazine, April 22
1973John Elderfield, 'Painterliness Redefined', Art International, Lausanne, April
1972Peter Schjeldahl, 'Two on the Move in a Movementless Time', New York Times, Sunday, March 19
Robert Hughes, 'Three Bold Newcomers', Time, New York, March 13
1971Carter Ratcliff, 'Painterly vs. Painted', Artnews Annual, New York
J. Patrice Marandel, 'La Nouvelle Peinture Abstraite Americaine', Opus, No. 28, Paris, November
Joseph Masheck, 'David Diao–Review', Artforum, New York, June
1970James Harithas, 'David Diao', Arts, pp. 46- 48, April
Gregoire Muller, 'After the Ultimate', Arts, March
Dore Ashton, 'Young Abstract Painters, Right On!', Artnews, February
1969Emily Wasserman, 'Three Younger Artists', Artforum, Summer
David Diao
David Diao: Work 1969—2005

Published by Timezone 8 Limited, 2005

Dimensions: 209 × 291 × 8 mm
Pages: 72
Price: 25 Euro + shipping


David Diao at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
18 September — 15 November 2015

David Diao in Museum Studies at Berman Museum, Collegeville, USA
29 January — 3 April 2015

David Diao in Some Artists at Minus Space, Brooklyn, USA, 1 November - 20 December 2014

David Diao: Front to Back, David Diao at Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA, 13 July - 21 September 2014

The Glass House presents David Diao, Thursday 11 September 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Melniknov, David Diao at Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain, 25 April - 5 June 2014

Michel Auder and David Diao in the Whitney Biennial, New York, USA, 7 March - 25 May 2014

Colloquium on David Diao at Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain Strasbourg, France, 27-29 March 2014

David Diao in ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA, 26 February - 9 March 2014

David Diao in Swing State at Jane Kim Gallery, New York, USA, 7 April - 5 May 2013

David Diao at Postmasters, New York, USA, 23 March - 4 May 4 2013

David Diao on Bartnett Newman, Artists on Artists Lecture Series at Dia Art Foundation, New York, USA, Monday 4 February, 6:30pm

Holland Cotter, 'Conceptual Abstraction', The New York Times, 1 November 2012

Joan Waltemath, 'David Diao and Walid Raad', The Brooklyn Rail, November 2012

Holand Cotter, 'Walid Raad and David Diao', The New York Times, 25 October 2012

Kyle Chayka, 'Deconstructing Gerhard Richter Mania, Postmasters Offers a Playful and Surprisingly Affecting Essay in Exhibition Form', Artinfo, 5 June 2012

Karen Tauches, 'More Than Painting: Professionals Pant at the Contemporary', Burnaway, 2 May 2012

Kathy Zhang, 'One Suitcase Per Person', Art Asia Pacific, March/April 2012

David Boyce, 'Stripped Down', Pipeline, March 2012

Els Fiers, 'David Diao', Metropolis M, February/March 2011

Vivian Ziherl, 'David Diao', Leap, 2011

Elizabeth C. Baker, 'David Diao', Art in America, June/July 2009

Andrew Maerkle, 'David Diao', Art Asia Pacific, March 2008