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  • Provenance

    Marella Gallery, Milan

  • Literature

    L. S. de Bianchi, China Contemporary Painting, Bologna, 2005, p. 153 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Wang Xingwei plays hide-and-seek with the viewer, concealing himself behind a large company of characters that he revives from various historical and cultural references: art history, classical novels, placards, or from his own mind, as in the case of the weird gang of penguins and pandas reappearing from time to time in the artist's paintings (see, for instance, Death of Panda, 2004, a work inspired to Giotto's fresco painting The Lamentation, 1305-06 A.D.). Wang provokes, flabbergasts and intrigues viewers with his irresistible and colourful symbolic gimmicks, with the uniforms and other paraphernalia through which the same man and woman suddenly change their identities, becoming surreal golfers, sailors, hostesses, disquieting nurses and who knows what else in the future. (N. Colonnello, “Wang Xingwei” taken from www.galerieursmiele.com, Beijing, January 13, 2007).

132

Hellohowmuch

2001
Oil on canvas.

109 x 128 3/4 in. (276.9 x 327 cm).
This work is accompanied by a photograph signed by the artist.

Estimate
£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £50,400

The Marino Golinelli Collection

Collection
13 October 2007, 1pm
London