Shen Wei 沈玮
Chinese, born 1977
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Flowers at The Photography Show 2018, presented by AIPAD,
Flowers
2017
Shen Wei - Between Blossoms,
Flowers
2015
Shen Wei - Invisible Atlas,
Flowers

Whether photographing portraits of objects, individuals, amorous couples, or even himself, Shen Wei imbues his images with the dramatically cast sunlight of Dutch Old Masters paintings. The artist, born and raised in Shanghai and now working in New York, uses photography to study the human impact of China’s economic ascendency. But Shen is perhaps best known for his nude portraits full of raw intimacy—as in his images of himself silhouetted by sunlight streaming through a window or couples perched on the edge of a disheveled mattress; he cites Diane Arbus among his favorite photographers. In 2009, he gave fruits and vegetables the same photographic treatment for Aperture’s “NYC Green Cart Photography Commission” series.

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