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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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
One Hand ClappingGuggenheim Museum
2013
THE GARDEN OF DIVERSIONSifang Art Museum
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary ChinaThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Lonely Shepherd, 2012

Oil on canvas
70 9/10 × 98 2/5 in
180 × 250 cm
Location
Shanghai
Medium
Image rights
Courtesy: Duan Jianyu / Image provided by Rockbund Art Museum

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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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