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Cao Xiaodong (Chinese, b.1961)
LOT ID: 80359
Mao and Rabbit Girls, 2007

Oil, on canvas
70.9 х 70.9 in. (180.09 x 180.09 cm.)
Signed, other, in Chinese and dated '2007' lower right front margin. Signed again in Chinese and Pinyin, with title, year, and dimensions in cm on the back of the canvas.
Lot description
"Mao and Rabbit Girls" (2007) is one of the largest and most visually exciting paintings by famed Chinese artist Cao Xiaodong, that belongs to his iconic "Proof of Youth” Series. "Mao and Rabbit Girls" brilliantly encapsulates the overall message of Cao's oeuvre, directly contrasting America's liberating "Sexual Revolution" of the 1960's with China's oppressive "Cultural Revolution" of the same era. Here, Hugh Hefner is replaced by a smiling Chairman Mao, who sits in the middle of a crowded room filled with Hefner's glamorous "Playboy Bunnies", each wearing a sexy, tight satin-corseted bodysuit and bunny-ears as their 'uniforms'. Cao's finest paintings possess a muted color palette and the soft lavender, green, and yellow color palette here, heightened the impression that we are viewing a vintage photograph.
This painting is unframed measures 70.90 x 70.90 inches (180 x 180 cm) and in excellent condition. Cao paints in the pointillism technique by painstakingly applying thousands of tiny dots of oil paint directly onto the canvas by hand, taking weeks and often months to complete a single work.

The artist was born in China in 1961. Cao Xiaodong graduated from Industry Design College, Jiangnan University in 1982. Notable solo exhibitions include: 2009 "Cao Xiaodong Abstract Solo Exhibition", Egg Gallery, Beijing, China; 2008 "Cao Xiaodong Solo Exhibition", Ode Gallery, Singapore and "Save As", Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, USA. Selected Group Exhibitions: 2011 "History and Future", Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China and in 2010 "Link," at the Shanghai Mingyuan Art Museum, China and again in 2010 "Trace" ,Time Museum, Beijing and was also invited to exhibit at "The 25th Asia International Art Exhibition", Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The artist lives and works in Beijing, China.
Mao and Rabbit Girls by Cao Xiaodong
  • Mao and Rabbit Girls by Cao Xiaodong
  • Mao and Rabbit Girls by Cao Xiaodong
  • Mao and Rabbit Girls by Cao Xiaodong
  • Mao and Rabbit Girls by Cao Xiaodong
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