Airport, please! An American in Shanghai: Loie Hollander at the Long Museum

by leslierankowfinearts

The Long Museum

Beauty for me is not just visual, it is also experiential. I want the viewer to come away not necessarily knowing what I was trying to tell them about, say, my birth experience, but absorbing an impression of brightness or richness or radiance that has something to do with their relationship to their own body.

          Loie Hollowell

One of the very best adventures the LRFA Blog remembers with joy was a trip to Shanghai where I was met by a favorite client, who came from his home in Hong Kong, to spend two days acting as my interpreter and showing me this glorious city. Today, the LRFA blog is delighted to return virtually and hopefully one day soon, physically, perhaps in time to view the Loie Hollowell exhibit at Shanghai’s Long Museum.

The Long Museum in Shanghai, China, designed by the architect Liu Yichun of Atelier Deshaus, is a private museum founded by collectors, Liu Yiqian and his wife, Wang Wei, and officially opened to the public in December, 2012. The Long Museum West Bund branch opened in 2014 and expanded to a third location in Chongqing. The largest private museums in China, the Long boasts the richest collection. As world-renowned collectors, Liu and Wang’s interests range from traditional, modern and contemporary Chinese art to international contemporary art. It is dedicated not only to curating exceptional exhibitions but also to supporting public cultural education, showing the diversity of visual art from a global perspective, showcasing the splendid achievements of Chinese art as well as the vitality of contemporary art worldwide.

Liu Yiqian and his wife Wang Wei

LOIE HOLLOWELL: RECALIBRATE at the Long Museum, Shanghai

An exhibition of recent works by Loie Hollowell will open at the Long Museum on Saturday, April 24, 2021, and remain on view through Sunday, July 11, 2021 with an exhibition entitled Lois Hollowell: Recalibrate. The exhibit features 15 works  the artist created between 2018 and 2020, and continues her thematic exploration of the female body in a series called Plumb Line, introduced with much critical and commercial acclaim by Pace Gallery, New York.

Loie Hollowell

Evolving from earlier works focused on female nudes, her newest imagery still alludes to the human form, with an emphasis on women’s bodies. Hollowell’s visual language elevates flat geometric components into a figurative, almost sculptural sphere through her approach to volume, surface and texture. Autobiographical in nature, the works are inspired by Hollowell’s experiences of pregnancy and the postpartum journey. The paintings consider the female body in a state of realignment: reconciling the physical and psychological realities of childbirth, rejuvenating the well-being of the body and repositioning it for a renewed journey of fertility and conception.

The body has long been a central focus of Hollowell’s artistic practice. Her canvases are based in figurative painting  but move toward abstraction as Hollowell fragments the figure within her frame. She developed a pared down, truly unique, visual language characterized by vibrant hues, varied surface textures, the repetition of geometric forms, and compositional symmetry.

Loie Hollowell



Originating in autobiography, her work explores themes of sexuality, pregnancy and birth. Hollowell’s geometric compositions use symbolic shapes such as the mandorla, ogee, and lingam to build her distinctive visual lexicon. Her use of symmetry – often anchoring her compositions in a central, singular axis – relates her paintings to her own body as well as the natural world.

With strong colors, varied textures, and geometric symmetry, Hollowell’s practice is situated in lineage with the work of American artists like Agnes Pelton, Georgia O’Keeffe and Judy Chicago. She is also greatly influenced by the work of the California Light and Space Movement such as Mary Corse and Helen Pashgian.

Loie Hollowell exhibition Plumb Lines Pace Gallery, New York


One of the very best adventures the LRFA Blog remembers with joy was a trip to Shanghai where I was met by a favorite client, who came from his home in Hong Kong, to spend two days acting as my interpreter and showing me this glorious city. Today, the LRFA blog is delighted to return virtually

Located at the center of the West Bund Culture Corridor in Binjiang, designed by Liu Yichun, a Chinese architect of Atelier Deshaus, the building covers an area of 33,000 square meters with up to 16,000 square meters for exhibition. The main part of the building is a unique umbrella-vaulted structure. The museum encourages openness and public involvement offering a restaurant, concert hall, library, art bookshop, to name a few of its features. Art is no longer far away from the public but is seamlessly integrated into people’s daily life and leisure. This is exactly the original intention and sincere wish of the couple founders, Mr. Liu Yiqian and Ms. Wang Wei, when they set up the Museum.

Liu Yiqian is the chairman of Sunline Group, whose interests include chemicals, pharmaceuticals and financial services. He owns a stake in Shenzhen-listed Hubei Biocause Pharmaceutical. The flamboyant Shanghai billionaire has made headlines around the world for record-breaking bids at auctions organized by the likes of Christie’s and Sotheby’s is moving to build up a family-backed auction business in a bigger way.

Jiangsu Hongtu High Technology, a Shanghai- listed China electrical appliance chain, on Saturday unveiled plans to buy 100% of Beijing Council International Auction Co. for $415.4 million by issuing new shares of the listed company to Beijing Council’s existing shareholders. Beijing Council  is currently 32.8% owned by Chen Jia, Liu’s son-in-law, and 32.7% owned by Dong Guoqiang who co-founded the auction company with Liu’s Sunline Group in Beijing in September 2005.


The LRFA blog is pleased to share an interview by Sasha Bogojev with the artist in Juxtapoz magazine titled “The Complexity of Symmetry”