The present lot Cage is one of Xu's most often published example of his self-reflexive images created in the 1990s where the viewer is both an observer and witness to the intimate scene. A birdcage sits atop a covered table behind curtains like the opening stage of a play. The empty space in the image is not meant to imply a void rather presence of meaning in the scene of shadows. Whether reflecting upon the iconic Las Meninas (1656) by Velazquez or the interior scenes by Vermeer, Xu appropriates similar techniques for using symbols and atmosphere to imply sensuality, voyeurism and memory. Unlike the comprehension of realist painting, understanding Xu's surreal scenes require viewer engagement and provoke a deeper reading of meaning.
1 Pi Li, "Departure and Distancing: Avant-Garde Reflection in Xu Lei's Painting" Xu Lei, Culture and Art Publishing, Beijing, China 2013, p. 48
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