Wei Guangqing, ‘red wall painting’, 2002, McCorkell Contemporary Art

Political Pop, '85 New Wave, Contemporary Chinese Art, China, Contemporary Asian Art, Popular Culture, Asian Art, Appropriation, Political, Contemporary Pop, Typography, Hard-Edged, Contemporary Graphic Realism, Collage, Text, Painting, Contemporary Art, Collective History, Work on Paper, Cultural Commentary, 20th Century Art, Installation, Comic/Cartoon, Sculpture

Signature: wei Guangqing

bought from Shangart in 2002

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