Wang Qingsong - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Memmingen, China: Past, Present and Future, MEWO Kunsthalle, Feb. 2007; London, Wang Qingsong, Albion Gallery, Jun.-Jul. 2006; Arras, Wang Qingsong in Arras, May-Jun. 2005; Guangzhou, Guangzhou Photo Biennale 2005, Guangdong Museum of Art, Jan.-Feb. 2005; Beijing, Wang Qingsong: Romantique, Courtyard Gallery, Apr.-Jul. 2004; New York, Wang Qingsong, Romantique, Salon 94, May-Jul. 2004

  • Literature

    Photograph, Greece, Jan. 2007, p. 44 (ill.); Wang Qingsong, London 2006, pp. 92, 132 (ill.); “Dining Out: Celebrating a “wild modernity”, The Guardian, London, Oct. 4, 2004 (ill.); Le Monde diplomatique, Oct. 2006, pp.1-3 (ill.); M. Field, “Naked capitalism westem-style consumerism is sweeping China,” Sunday Review, Independent on Sunday, London, Sep. 24, 2006, pp. 28-31 (ill.);
    J. Cuzin and D. Salmon, eds., Ingres, Paris, 2006, pp. 252-253 (ill.); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Why Pictures Now, Wien, 2006, pp.142-143, (ill.); S. Bright, Art Photography Now, London, 2005, p. 101 (ill.); B. Pollack, "Enter the Dragon," Modern Painters, June 2005, p. 80-83 (ill.); Officina Asia, Bologna, 2004, p. 168-169 (ill.); P. Marella, Out of the Red, Bologna, 2004, p. 182 (ill.); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Young Artists from Korea, China and Japan 2004, pp. 150-151 (ill.); NY Arts Magazine, Vol.9 n.7/8, 2004, p. 22 (ill.); R. Vine, “The Academy Strikes Back,” Art in America, June/July 2004 (ill.); Frich, ed., La photographie panaramique, Paris, 2003, pp. XXII-XXIII (ill.); Red Mansion Foundation, Dream 02, 2002, p. 41 (ill.)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Wang Qingsong was born in the northern province of Heilongjiang in 1966 and studied painting at the Sichuan Academy of Art. He moved to Beijing in 1993 and is today China’s most celebrated artist working in photography, His brand of “Gaudy Art” tackles social and cultural conflicts inherent in China’s rapid modernization and, in particular, the Chinese obsession with Western consumer goods. A more subtle but equally meaningful theme in Wang’s work is his use of historical referents and his contemporary appropriation of classical masterpieces. China Mansion is his enthralling panoramic depiction of what might be described as a Chinese Forrest Gump hurtling through Western classical art history. The artist describes his inspiration for the work:

    China has been open to the outside world for the last two decades and enthusiastic about inviting foreign experts in economy, technology, architecture and culture to give support and guidance in Chinese open-up program. These foreign specialists help create many opportunities and bring many advanced thoughts for China. However, they manufacture many uncertain and disturbing ideas. Due to such a quick inflow and outflow of advanced concepts, Chinese people are confused about what are right and what are wrong sometimes.

    This idea triggers my latest work in 2003. Entitled “China Mansion”, my new work is a scroll photograph that situates the scene in a Chinese styled home. I put my “China Mansion” in a much wider sense, like an old Chinese saying, “Without home, without nation”. In this five-scene photograph, I invite foreign guests in art, including honorable figures in paintings by Ingre, Courbet, Monet, Gauguin, Yves Klein, Jones, Bouchee, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Man Ray and etc. They are specially invited guests in my “China Mansion”, a private night club. I want to make them communicate with each other across centuries and cultures and create certain relationships between themselves as well as communicate with China. Such relationships portend uncertain, humorous and confusing hues. (Q. Wang, artist’s statement, Aug. 2003,


China Mansion

Digitally altered C-print.
11 3/4 x 118 in. (29.8 x 299.7 cm).
Signed and dated "2003 Wang Qingsong" and numbered of twenty lower right. This work is from an edition of twenty.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £22,800

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm