Item description for Wang Guangyi by Yun Gab & Wang Guangyi...
Born in Harbin in 1957, Wang Guangyi is at the forefront of the group of young artists that emerged in China after 1989. This volume compiles his iconic paintings from the Great Criticism series, which use propaganda from the Cultural Revolution and contemporary pop and corporate icons. Wang's Social Realist-style figures are over-painted with the names of famous Western artists like Beuys and Warhol, with product names like Porsche, or, simply, with loaded words like "materialist." This clash of propaganda and American Pop kitsch sets up an ironic examination of contemporary globalization. Putting Wang's works into the context of the Cultural Revolution, critic David Spalding writes, "Certainly, the vast legacy of propaganda that resulted from this period will continue to impact artists interested in critically examining China's recent visual history. After all, these images were more than simply popular; for a time, they were the only ones allowed."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 14.8" Width: 11.97" Height: 0.63" Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
ISBN 8995675896 ISBN13 9788995675892
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Wang Guangyi - father of Chinese contemporary art May 17, 2007
Wang Guangyi has one of the best claims to be the leading political pop idol of contemporary art in China today. The book is richly illustrated with his paintings & sculptures from his earliest periods through to the famous series "Great Criticism" and his leadership of the Shanghai modern movement (which started in the 1980s). As a critic said of him "while Wang Guangyi's works may be read as a critique of China's new economics today, they may have passed -- with slight modification -- for government propaganda not too long ago". The book's essays explore this & other influences on his art. A "must read" for anyone interested in Chinese contemporary art!