“The influence of the Chinese art market depends on the national power of China. If China stays influential in the world, then the art market will of course keep on thriving.” — Wang Guangyi
TCT today's art highlight: " Wang Guangyi"
Wang Guangyi is one of the most recognizable figures on today’s contemporary art stage, globally renowned for his combination of avant-garde art and impressive commercial success.
Wang Guangyi (b. 1957) is a Chinese Political Pop artist based in Beijing, China. He graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1984.
“Great Criticism” (1990-2007) is Wang Guangyi’s most famous series. Throughout his paintings, he combines propaganda images of the Cultural Revolution melded with logos like Coca-Cola and Chanel from Western-style advertisements to comment on the commercialization of contemporary Chinese culture.
His “Great Criticism” Series include a mass of enthusiastic and dedicated Mao supporters dressed in the traditional wardrobe of the Communist party; the red background echoes with one of the most notable symbols of the Cultural Revolution – the Little Red Book.
“I aim to express the ideological antagonism that exists between western culture and socialist ideology. The significance of this antagonism has more to do with issues in cultural studies than simply art in and of itself,” — Wang Guangyi
Wang Guangyi is greatly influenced by Andy Warhol, who was a leading figure in the Pop Art Movement. Warhol produced his Mao series in a fashion reminiscent of his portraits of American celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
While as Wang Guangyi’s “Mao Zedong AO”, he applied his rational grid onto a triple portrait of the Chairman, displaying an affinity with Pop appropriation and repetition. The grid is referring to a nine-square grid, commonly used as a guide to proportions when learning calligraphy, though many Western critics have interpreted the grid as a jail cell
His massive Mao AO painting was sold for £2,036,000 ($4.1 million) at a Phillips de Pury & Company auction in London in December 2007.
Other exhibition highlights are the Gurus (2011), a series of four phantom-like portraits of communist leaders Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, and Joseph Stalin; and the Cold War Aesthetics series (2007 to 2008), a group of installations which shows people seeking shelter from air raids, largely based on Wang's experience living through the Cold War.
Wang is now using rich strokes that drip into abstract patterns reminiscent of traditional Chinese ink-and-wash landscapes, to create photographic negatives effects. His 16-meter-long The Last Supper (2012), a version of the Da Vinci masterpiece, contains such hidden vistas, in a new synthesis of Eastern and Western classical traditions.
” I feel like all historical images contains an obscured reality. Through my works, or corrections I am trying to locate or return to that reality” – Wang Guangyi
He has exhibited his paintings around the world, at the São Paolo Biennial in Brazil, the He Xiangning Art Museum, the Shanghai Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Arts in China, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and at the Asia Society in New York.
Angela Bi is an international citizen who has lived both in Shanghai and Vancouver Canada. She’s worked in immigration for over a decade and has experienced first hand the joys of living overseas.
Angela Bi 是生活在中国上海及加拿大温哥华两地的世界公民。她从事专业移民行业已有十余载，并掌握着旅居海外的一手乐活体验。