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Sheng Qi (Chinese, b.1965)
LOT ID: 81123
Most Wanted: History in Black and Red, 2008

Oil, on canvas
31.5 х 23.6 in. (80.01 x 59.94 cm.)
Signed, in English and Chinese and dated 'Sheng Qi 2008' on the reverse.
Lot description
"Most Wanted: History in Black and Red", (2008) is an important painting by famed Chinese multi-media artist Sheng Qi. This work belongs to his iconic"Most Wanted" series of paintings that each depict a beautiful Chinese woman dressed in military uniform holding up Chinese currency that bears the face of Mao towards the viewer, as if a "Wanted" poster. This work is unframed in excellent condition, measuring 80 x 60 cm (31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in).

In a bold painterly manner, Sheng allows the paint of the background to mix with the paint of the portrait, with drips of red, grey, white and black running down the woman's visage. This fluid manner of using balancing the color red against tones of grey here signifies Communist China but also the sweat and blood of the artist as well as the collective Chinese people.

Sheng Qi, born in 1965, is a Chinese contemporary multi-media and performance artist. He is best known for social-political prevalent themed paintings and photographs. He led one of Chinese contemporary art's earliest performance art groups: Concept 21 and was a key member of China’s New art Movement in 1985. He uses the human body, whether in photographs or paintings, as a field of protest. Sheng emigrated from China to live in Europe and earned his master's degree from London's prestigious St. Martin's Academy of Art and Design. He is famous the world over, having participated in select exhibitions in Europe, Mexico and the United States, including the much-hyped (1998) "Inside-Out" exhibition in New York. Sheng Qi is represented top galleries in Europe and Asia. Sheng Qi returned to Beijing in 1998.
History in Black and Red by Sheng Qi
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