Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
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Wang Guangyi (in Chinese:王广义, born 1957) is a Chinese artist. He is known as a leader of the new art movement that started in China after 1989, and for his Great Criticism series of paintings which use images of propaganda from the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) and contemporary brand names from western advertising.
Wang Guangyi was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province in 1957. Wang's father was a railway worker in northeastern China. Like many other people, Wang experienced the influence of the Cultural Revolution and had to work in a rural village for three years. He too became a railway worker. Wang tried for four years to get into a college. After several failed attempts, he enrolled at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated from the oil painting department of the academy in 1984. He lives and works in Beijing, China.
Wang Guangyi, like others such as Fang Lijun, has become a millionaire, one of China's nouveau riches. Such painters, with their large studios and expensive houses and cars, are in China called bopu dashi or "pop masters". Wang Guangyi’s successful career and fast growing wealth have drawn criticism. Some have questioned his artistic value, along with the price of his works. Some critics claim that Wang "has lost his artistic ingenuity, gives in to the market, and has also become dependent on repeating his already successful works".
Wang Guangyi has had a number of solo exhibitions, including:
- 1993: Galerie Bellefroid, Paris, France
- 1994: Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
- 1997: Galerie Klaus Littmann, Basel, Switzerland
- 2001: Faces of Faith, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore
- 2003: Gallery Enrico Navarra, Paris, France
- 2004: Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
- 2006: Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
- 2007: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
- 2008: Visual Politics, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
- 2008: Cold War Aesthetics, Louise Blouin Institute, London
- 2011: The Interactive Mirror Image, Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Center, Chongqing, China
- 2012: Thing-In-Itself: Utopia, Pop and Personal Theology, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
- 2012: Cold War Aesthetics, Pujiang Oversea Chinese Town, Shanghai, China
- Wang Guangyi. Saatchi Gallery. Archived 20 August 2013.
- Demetrio Paparoni, Wang Guangyi, Words and Thoughts 1985−2012, Skira, Milan, Italy, 2013
- Wang Guangyi. ShangArt Gallery. Accessed January 2014.
- Skira: Fall 2013. Milan: Skira Editore. p. 26–27. Accessed January 2014.
- Ralph Croizier (1999). The Avant-Garde and the Democracy Movement: Reflections on Late Communism in the USSR and China. Europe-Asia Studies 51 (3): 483-513. p. 495. (subscription required)
- Sheldon Hsiao-peng Lu (1997). Art, Culture, and Cultural Criticism in Post-New China.New Literary History 28 (1: Cultural Studies: China and the West): 111-133. p.. 116. (subscription required)
- Wang Guangyi: Works and Thoughts 1985−2012. Skira Group. Accessed January 2014.
- "另一个王广义，未必就是真的王广义" (in Chinese). 南方周末. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- Thing-in-itself: Utopia, Pop and Personal Theology – Wang Guangyi Retrospective Exhibition. Today Art Museum. Accessed January 2014.
- Sue Wang (2 November 2012). 2012 Public Art Project "Wang Guanyi: Cold War Aesthetic" to be exhibited at Pujiang Overseas Chinese Town. Cafa Art Info. Accessed January 2014.
- Karen Smith. Guangyi, 2003
- David Spalding. The Paintings of Wang Guangyi: Revolutionary Acts? January, 2006
- Mary Bittner Wiseman (2007). Subversive Strategies in Chinese Avant-Garde Art. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 65 (1, Special Issue: Global Theories of the Arts and Aesthetics; Winter, 2007): p. 109–119 (subscription required)
- Demetrio Paparoni. Wang Guanyi: Works and Thoughts 1985-2012. Milan: Skira, 2013
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