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Although painted in 2004, "Louis Vuitton" belongs to the "Grand Criticism" series that was started in 1990. To understand why an internationally-acclaimed artist like Wang continues with a single series over such a long time, one needs to look into the artist’s personal history. Coming from an …

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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.

Selected exhibitions
2018
Art and China after 1989: Theater of the WorldGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
2016
Image Correction - Wang GuangyiMuseum of Contemporary Art ([email protected])
2013
THE GARDEN OF DIVERSIONSifang Art Museum
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Louis Vuitton, 2004

Oil on canvas
59 1/10 × 48 1/10 in
150.1 × 122.2 cm
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DC
DSL Collection

Although painted in 2004, "Louis Vuitton" belongs to the "Grand Criticism" …

Medium

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.

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