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Wang Jinsong (Chinese, b.1963)
LOT ID: 4609
100 Signs of Demolition, 1999

Digital Print
16.93 х 47.24 in. (43 x 119.99 cm.)
Signed, stamped, inscribed, lower right
Print/Casting Year 1999
Edition of 30
Lot description
"100 Signs of Demolition" (1999) is an iconic photographic print from one of the leading Chinese Contemporary Photographers, Wang Jinsong. By painting with a childlike awkwardness intended to reflect the “collective blindness” he sees in society, Wang’s rebellious works break from the traditional Zhepai school, and have been published in Fine Art magazine by Gao Minglu, a seminal figure of the 1985 New Wave movement.
Having witnessed the Tiananmen incident in 1989, Wang started to question idealism and think more about politics, which informed his Grand series in late 1980s and early 1990s. His sarcastic oil paintings, such as Grand choir (1991), were regarded as seminal works of Cynical Realism, which was quickly popularized after the Post 89—China’s New Art Exhibition in 1993. However, in the mid-1990s, just as Cynical Realism started to gain commercial success in the international market, Wang gave up painting for photography. His Standard family, Parents, and One hundred signs of the demolition series were highly-acclaimed as among the most influential Chinese works of our time. Wang lives and works in Beijing.
100 Signs of Demolition by Wang Jinsong
  • 100 Signs of Demolition by Wang Jinsong
  • 100 Signs of Demolition by Wang Jinsong
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