Duan Jianyu 段建宇, ‘Beautiful Dream 7 美丽的梦 7’, 2008, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

段建宇 美丽的梦 7

Image rights: Photo: courtesy of the artist

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013-14

Lent by the Sigg Collection

About Duan Jianyu 段建宇

Duan Jianyu’s paintings explore the tensions between urban and rural parts of the rapidly industrializing China, and the friction between art history and Asian popular culture, as well as themes of tourism, cultural identity, mass migration, and family. She strives to create paintings that are at once dynamic and conjure a sense of cheap tackiness—qualities that she associates with the feeling of living in modern China. Duan is known for her figurative style, unconventional juxtapositions of scenes and objects, and ironic sense of humor. “I love secretly describing the details of life, apparently rationally and politely, calming them with fakes, falsities, and untruths,” she says.

Chinese , b. 1970, based in Guangzhou, China