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Cao Xiaodong (Chinese, b.1961)
LOT ID: 84549
Proof of Youth No. 5, 2008

Oil, on canvas.
70.85 х 94.5 in. (179.96 x 240.03 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, dated by artist lower front left of canvas.
Lot description
"Proof of Youth No. 5" (2008) is arguably one of the finest examples of the unique oil paintings by Chinese Contemporary artist Cao Xiaodong (China, B.1961). This work speaks directly to the social and cultural differences between East and West. Imitating a billboard, this painting measures 70.85 x 94.50 inches (180 x 240 cm) is unframed and in excellent condition. Can ship professionally rolled off the stretchers internationally. In his iconic "Proof of Youth" paintings, Cao spatially and thematically divides the canvas vertically at center with contrasting colors, comparing and contrasting images of women from the West, typically 'Playboy Bunnies' with images of women from China dressed in Red Guard uniforms. This work is especially vivid for Cao, painted in brilliant green and blue. Cao paints with a desire to imitate vintage photographs and in the pointillism technique, applying thousands of tiny dots of oil paint to canvas by hand, often taking months to complete a single work.

Proof of Youth No. 5 by Cao Xiaodong
  • Proof of Youth No. 5 by Cao Xiaodong
  • Proof of Youth No. 5 by Cao Xiaodong
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