Wei Guangqing, ‘Jin Pingmei No. 49’, 2009, ShanghART

About Wei Guangqing

A painter, illustrator, and one-time performance artist, Wei Guangqing figured among the trailblazers of the Chinese contemporary art scene in the 1980s as a prominent member of the ’85 New Wave movement. His “Red Wall” series exemplifies the Political Pop art for which he is known. Appropriating illustrated editions of feudal-era morality tales, Wei replaces the text with an illustration of a red-brick wall, symbolizing a new social order and collective moral compass. “The works adopt a conceptual approach to record some remnants of heroic illusion amongst a fully materialized society,” he says, “and at the same time tell us that in this era of abundant hedonism and consumerism, people must retain an awe toward unknown objects.”

Chinese, b. 1963, Huangshi City, Hubei Province, China, based in Wuhan, China