Yang Yong

Chinese, b. 1975

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Yang Yong

Chinese, b. 1975

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Based in the rapidly growing southern city of Shenzhen, Yang Yong creates works that deal with provocative themes not addressed by the art establishment of Northern China. The artist started as an oil painter, creating emotionless depictions of airplane crashes and derailed trains. Recent projects have used photography to explore the ennui of day-to-day existence in the new Chinese economy, through cinematic photographs of country girls trying to make it in the city. His frank portraits of prostitutes, shown without judgment, call to mind the documentary work of Nan Goldin, while at the same time referencing the Cindy Sherman’s archetypes and the theatrically staged snapshots of Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

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Biography

Based in the rapidly growing southern city of Shenzhen, Yang Yong creates works that deal with provocative themes not addressed by the art establishment of Northern China. The artist started as an oil painter, creating emotionless depictions of airplane crashes and derailed trains. Recent projects have used photography to explore the ennui of day-to-day existence in the new Chinese economy, through cinematic photographs of country girls trying to make it in the city. His frank portraits of prostitutes, shown without judgment, call to mind the documentary work of Nan Goldin, while at the same time referencing the Cindy Sherman’s archetypes and the theatrically staged snapshots of Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
UCCA
Group
Group show at a major institution
Museo Tamayo
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition