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MONOGRAPHS & CATALOGSWang Guangyi
Hardback, 12.25 x 15 in. / 56 pgs / 35 color / 100 bw. | 3/1/2008 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9788995675892 | $65.00
Paperback, 9.75 x 11 in. / 204 pgs / 80 color / 32 bw | 8/2/2004 | Not Available
ISBN 9789628638871 | $40.00
Selected Works from 2003-2006
Published by Arario.
Text by Yun Chea Gab.
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."
Hardback, 12.25 x 15 in. / 56 pgs / 35 color / 100 bw.
Pub Date 3/1/2008
Catalog: SPRING 2008 p. 166
ISBN 9788995675892 TRADE
List Price: $65.00 CDN $75.00
STATUS: Out of stock
Temporarily out of stock pending additional inventory.
Published by Blue Kingfisher.
Essays by Karen Smith and Yan Shanchen. Interview by Charles Merewether.
The yardstick by which we evaluate our culture should be based on our own experience. And what could be a richer cultural resource from which to derive meaning than the socialist visual experience....
This retrospective look at the 17-year oeuvre of one of the giants of Chinese contemporary art forms a rich tapestry of imagery, ideas, and ideology. From the mid-80s onward, Wang Guangyi has stood as a primary role model for his fellow artists, beginning with his parodies of masterpieces from the history of Western art, including Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin and Child with St. Anne and Jacques-Louis David's Marat. His large-scale Mao paintings mocked propaganda imagery, and from there he moved on to Great Criticism, his internationally recognizable Pop reworking of cultural revolution sloganism.
Paperback, 9.75 x 11 in. / 204 pgs / 80 color / 32 bw
Pub Date 8/2/2004
Out of print
Catalog: FALL 2004
ISBN 9789628638871 TRADE
List Price: $40.00 CDN $50.00
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