Wang Guangyi - Contemporary Day Sale London Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Wedel Fine Art, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007

  • Exhibited

    London, Saatchi Gallery, The Revolution Continues: New Art from China, 9 October – 18 Janurary 2009

  • Literature

    The Revolution Continues: New Art from China, exh. cat., Saatchi Gallery, 2008, pp 4-5

  • Catalogue Essay

    Guangyi’s Aesthetics of War - Blue No. 3 operates as a dual narrative. Combining the graphic styles of comic books and instructional manuals with scrawled blackboard-like text his work points to a visual analysis that’s equally personal and pedagogical. Rendered in X-ray tones, his tableau is situated in the realm of science fiction and adventure, giving a sense of toxicity and danger to the pop motifs and generic script, questioning the implications of public images as coded messages and the tacit role of the artist as producer.


Aesthetics of War- Blue No 3

oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm (78 3/4 x 118 1/8 in.)
Signed in English and Chinese and dated '2006 Wang Guang Yi' on the reverse.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £56,250

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Henry Highley
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Contemporary Day Sale

London Auction 3 July 2014 2PM