Wang Guangyi 王广义, ‘Great Criticism Series: Chanel No. 19’, 2002, Heritage Auctions
Wang Guangyi 王广义, ‘Great Criticism Series: Chanel No. 19’, 2002, Heritage Auctions
Wang Guangyi 王广义, ‘Great Criticism Series: Chanel No. 19’, 2002, Heritage Auctions

Framed: 54in x 43in x 0in

Signature: Signed in Chinese and numbered in pencil in lower margin

Publisher: the artist and distributed by Kwai Po Collection, China

About Wang Guangyi 王广义

Wang Guangyi repurposes historical Chinese propaganda into paintings that poke fun at the intersection of China’s communist history and the rise of Western influence. Associated with Political Pop, Wang is best known for his “Great Criticism” series (1998), which includes works like Great Criticism - Louis Vuitton and Great Criticism - Coca Cola, where he juxtaposes red and yellow Mao-era posters with branded symbols, invented serial numbers, and Wang’s own captions (“No!”). An early affiliate of China’s ’85 New Wave Movement, Wang helped usher in the era of contemporary Chinese art and was among the first Chinese artists to co-opt Mao Zedong iconography in his practice.

Chinese, b. 1957, Heilongjiang, China, based in Beijing, China