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  • Provenance

    Robert & Li Art Gallery, Taiwan

  • Exhibited

    Jakarta, Indonesia National Gallery, 1st CP Open Biennale, 6 September - 5 October 2003; Taiwan, Robert & Li Art Gallery, Face to Face, Taiwan, May 2004

  • Literature

    Exhibiton Catalogue: Robert & Li Art Gallery, Face to Face, Taiwan, May 2004 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    As a leading protagonist of the post 1989 Political Pop Movement, Wang Guangyi's work is characterized by the conflicting elements of socialist ideology and western capitalism. In Wang's Great Criticism series, propagandistic motifs are fused with foreign brand logos. His playful appropriation of images from propaganda and advertising reveal's the tention between China's ideological past and commercial present. As such, Wang Guangyi's work serves as both a celebration and a critique of the economic, social and cultural developments of China in recent years.
    "My feeling now is that when you look at an artist's work, you are seeing a view of his personal history; but it also represents a whole generetion. This is one value of the artist in the overall structure of society. At the same time that an artist criticizes society, he also acts to alert it, to awaken it, to the awareness that there may be many things spreading forever through one's consciousness. [This awareness] may perhaps be the starting point for the revival of a nation and a people."
    (Wang Guangyi, quoted in the Materialist Series Artist Statement, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, 2004)

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Rolex

2003
Oil on canvas.
200 x 200 cm (78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in).
Signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated '2003 Wang Guangyi' on the reverse.

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £169,250

BRIC Theme Sale

23-24 April 2010
London