Wang Qingsong (Chinese, b.1966) is a photographer best known for his humorous and ironic photographs of consumer culture in China. Born in Heilongjiang Province, he graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. By the late 1990s, Wang transitioned from a Gaudy style of painting—a variation of Pop Art—to large-scale color photography that references classical Chinese art. His 31 foot long photomural Night Revels of Lao Li (2000)—based on a tenth century scroll painting—depicts a Contemporary Art critic who was fired from an official magazine for supporting Gaudy Art. Critical of the proliferation of Western consumerism in China, Wang’s Competition (2004) shows the artist standing with a megaphone in front of a city hall covered in advertisements for brands such as Citibank, Starbucks, and Art Basel. Bathhouse (2000) shows the artist sitting in a pool surrounded by women, plastic fruit, and Coca-Cola bottles. More recently, Wang has worked in video and performance art, including his Iron Man (2008), which shows fists punching the artist’s face, and symbolizes the endurance of social and personal obstacles. Wang’s work has been exhibited at many museums and institutions around the world, such as the International Center of Photography in New York, the Shanghai Art Museum, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.