Wang Xieda, Sages’ Sayings 026, 2006. Bronze, 37 x 33.5 x 11.75 in.

Wang Xieda

New York

James Cohan Gallery

Based on the title of Wang Xieda’s first New York solo show, one might expect a focus on figurative or narrative content. Describing a grammatical construction, “Subject Verb Object” seems to imply the depiction of subjects engaged in actions that further involve objects. Wang’s works, however, do not encourage a quick, literal interpretation. Visually (at least to Western eyes), the sculptures of the Shanghai-based artist appear non-objective… see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.