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Chang Le (Chinese, b.1975)
LOT ID: 61844
Mask-Madonna, 2011

Oil, on canvas
59 х 43.3 in. (149.86 x 109.98 cm.)
Signed, signed and dated, lower right front in oil paint.
Lot description
Chang Le (China, B. 1975) is a rising star on the Contemporary Chinese scene whose reputation was launched internationally by her iconic "Mask" series of large-scale pastiche-style realist oil portraits, including this sensational portrait of Madonna. Conceptually brilliant, this painting presents various types and amounts of visual information about the sitter that the viewer must tie together to create a single portrait. Madonna's unmistakable facial features are combined with images of objects that we subconsciously connect to her, such as a white netted-gloved hand, a necklace with a cross, a half-smoked cigarette, all appropriated imagery from Madonna's albums or music videos. The Neo-Pop style of this work is unabashed, as is the selection of artistic icons whom Chang has painted in her Mask Series--Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elvis Presley, as well as famous Asian celebrities and entertainers. This work is unframed and in excellent condition.

In 2004 Chang Le received her formal Degree in Art from Nanjing Art College, China. Her work has been exhibited in top Museum and Gallery Shows in Asia and Europe, notably in 2012: "Beauty·Contemporary Female Artists Invitational Exhibition", Hangzhou Normal University Art Museum, and "Spoiler", Medicine Art Museum, Beijing. In 2011 her paintings were featured in "Sunflower Art Opening," Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing and in 2010 included in "Incidental Second Arts Festival", Shangshang Art Museum, China. The artist lives and works in China.
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