Yan Xing

Chinese, born 1986

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Yan Xing

Chinese, born 1986

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A prominent Chinese conceptual artist, Yan Xing was trained in painting, but he works in a wide range of media, including performance, photography, video, and installation. One of China’s few openly gay artists, Yan explores personal and sexual politics in his country, as well as addressing formal, process-driven concerns. He attracted the attention of the art world in 2010 with his performance piece DADDY, in which he stood facing a white gallery wall and delivered a monologue about the absence of a father figure in his life. For Between the Wall (2009/12), Yan installed two sheets of mirrored cellophane in the corner of a gallery space; viewers were reflected when standing exactly in between them, while at other angles and distances the sheets presented blurred images. The material also acted as an index of the object’s circulation, displaying fingerprints and marks picked up in transit.

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Biography

A prominent Chinese conceptual artist, Yan Xing was trained in painting, but he works in a wide range of media, including performance, photography, video, and installation. One of China’s few openly gay artists, Yan explores personal and sexual politics in his country, as well as addressing formal, process-driven concerns. He attracted the attention of the art world in 2010 with his performance piece DADDY, in which he stood facing a white gallery wall and delivered a monologue about the absence of a father figure in his life. For Between the Wall (2009/12), Yan installed two sheets of mirrored cellophane in the corner of a gallery space; viewers were reflected when standing exactly in between them, while at other angles and distances the sheets presented blurred images. The material also acted as an index of the object’s circulation, displaying fingerprints and marks picked up in transit.

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Solo show at a major institution
Kunsthalle Basel
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Group show at a major institution
UCCA
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Yan Xing
17 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2017
Dec 14th, 2016
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