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Zhao Limin (Chinese, b.1970)
LOT ID: 68034
Untitled (The Emperor's New Clothes), 2010

Oil, on canvas
54.33 х 72.83 in. (138 x 184.99 cm.)
Signed, inscribed.
Lot description
Chinese Contemporary artist Zhao Limin (B.1970) is renown for creating works which comment on concerns of the past and future of the Chinese society and government during rapidly changing eras. His most recent works humorously render versions of babies in adult social situations of power, control, and leadership, with contradicting muted hues and serious undertones. This painting is part of Limin's “The Emperor’s New Clothes” series where he is able to address rising issues in politics and society, commenting on ephemeral trends, and an impetuously conforming culture. This work comes unframed and in excellent condition.

In this piece, Limin playfully pulls from the Western story of an impulsive king and his heedless loyal subjects. He features a leading naked baby with a confident, parading disposition, adorned in boastful headgear, and shadowed by an overcast sky. All of this comments on his views of un-experienced, child-like naivety in leadership. Limin paints the procession of an attending court, lined along the bridge like civilians who’s future lies in the hands of the hasty next generation. The artist paints his concerns for the past and future of China, replete with analogies of the well-known moral fairy tales of the West.

Zhao Limin was born in the Liaoning Province and graduated from the art department of inner Mongolia Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He has been included in major exhibitions like the “International Contemporary Art Exhibition” 798 Art District in Beijing, China, The Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the Invitational in East Region Art Center in Beijing, China.
Untitled (The Emperor's New Clothes) by Zhao Limin
  • Untitled (The Emperor's New Clothes) by Zhao Limin
  • Untitled (The Emperor's New Clothes) by Zhao Limin
  • Untitled (The Emperor's New Clothes) by Zhao Limin
  • Untitled (The Emperor's New Clothes) by Zhao Limin
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