WANG XINGWEI: THE INTERROGATION OF THE PENGUIN

2013-06-23 14:00 - 16:00

WANG XINGWEI: THE INTERROGATION OF THE PENGUIN

When: Sun 23 June, 2013 14:00
Where: UCCA Auditorium

 THE INTERROGATION OF THE PENGUIN

王兴伟:企鹅的拷问

MODERATOR: Philip Tinari (Director, UCCA)

 

UCCA proudly presents a talk with Wang Xingwei during with his milestone retrospective. While Wang's early works contain some of the most astute dialogues with Western art history and critiques of the fraught situation of Chinese artists ever produced in China, he quickly tired of this type of referentiality, which has since become a major trend among the younger generation.

In the early and mid-2000s, during an extended sojourn in Shanghai, he developed a distinct world of characters and styles, and a painting based on conscious variation and repetition among these. Nurses, golfers, airline stewardesses, penguins, pandas, old ladies, and cartoon lovers appear and disappear, flickering through Wang’s painterly consciousness, hiding for years at a time, and reappearing undeterred. Like John Currin or George Condo, Wang Xingwei is deeply proficient in numerous painting styles, borrowing entire regimens of technique as if appropriating readymades. Wang Xingwei has been actively reluctant to narrate his own work. This UCCA talk provides a unique opportunity to hear the artist talk about his life and career.

 

Wang Xingwei
Born in an industrial city in northeastern China, in 1969, Wang Xingwei is an unlikely hero of Chinese contemporary art. His early training in figurative painting at a provincial teachers' college left him alone and isolated in his native city, until he was discovered by the late Dutch curator Hans van Dijk in the mid-1990s and quickly fell into the circle around van Dijk, Ai Weiwei, and their experimental gallery China Art Archives and Warehouse. In the two decades of his mature output, Wang Xingwei has created an artistic universe all his own, where references collide, characters recur, and styles proliferate, all articulated in a deliciously skillful range of styles.

 

Free
Tel: 010-57800200
Add: UCCA, 798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing

 

*Information provided by Ullens Center For Contemporary Art

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