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"Sexy Age" (2008) is the largest, and arguably the finest example of the stunning figurative oil paintings by internationally recognized Chinese Contemporary artist Cao Xiaodong (China, B. 1961). This work measures a monumental 70 x 137.80 inches (177.8 x 350 cm), is unframed, in excellent condition and can ship rolled and off of stretchers if desired. "Sexy Age" speaks directly to the cultural differences between East and West by contrasting two very different images sourced from vintage photographs from the 1960's on one canvas.
On the left of this work, Mao sits lauging, surrounded by a group of conservatively dressed Chinese women. In marked contrast, the right half of the canvas depicts a young and dapper Hugh Hefner who sits with three American beauties that stand around him, all wearing provovcative dresses and heels that underscore their sexuality. Cao paints in a unique and painstaking pointillism technique, where he hand-applies thousands of tiny dots of oil paint to his canvas, with a work of this size taking months to complete. He underscores the vintage feel of his works by always using muted, monochrome colors.

The artist was born in China in 1961 and graduated from Industry Design College, Jiangnan University in 1982. His work is held in top Private and Museum Collections, and select Museum and Gallery exhibitions include:
2011: "History and Future", Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
2010: "Link," Shanghai Mingyuan Art Museum, China.
2010: "Trace", Time Museum, Beijing, China.
2009 "Cao Xiaodong Abstract Solo Exhibition" Egg Gallery, Beijing, China.
2008 "Cao Xiaodong Solo Exhibition", Ode Gallery, Singapore.
2008: "Save As", Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, USA.

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  • Present Collection, Hong Kong.
  • Ships From: Hong Kong
  • Shipping Dimensions: 70 x 137.8 in. (177.8 x 350.01 cm.)
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