Blue-Chip Artist’s International Appeal Growing
Already highly sought after by Chinese and international collectors, the work of leading Chinese contemporary photographer and video artist Wang Qingsong (Jing Daily interview) continues to find new audiences with solo shows and inclusion in touring group exhibitions.
Wang Qingsong Fall 2012-Winter 2013 Group Exhibitions:
1. “Capital – Merchants in Venice and Amsterdam”
September 14, 2012 – February 17, 2013
2. Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture
The National Portrait Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Canberra, Australia
September 13, 2012 – February 17, 2013
3. “The History of Monuments”
Singapore Management University concourse, the 3rd Singapore International Photo Festival
October 5 – November 17, 2012
In Wang Qingsong’s own words:
In the summer of 2009, I continued shooting for fifteen days, and finished “The history of Monuments”. I invited about 200 models, used fifteen 8 by ten positive films to make a relief-like photo-mural, the size of which is 1.25 x 42 meters. This image is printed onto a whole roll of Kodak paper. Actually I don’t care about history. I am only interested in the extreme length of a photoe. If there is a 100-meter-long photo paper, I will be able to put in a lot more “valuable” stuff and create a 100-meter long photo.
The historical figures and contents in this photo work are not that important. In the “The History of Monuments”, I put in some famous people recorded in the official history of many civilizations, and also some small potatoes in the unofficial history. There is a lot of rubbish as well as some useful daily goods. These shattered pieces of people and objects construct a monumental history in my own mind. Maybe it is an unofficial part of the history in the standard of the official history, maybe vice versa.
4. “The 2nd West-China International Art Biennale
Yinchuan Art Center, Ningxia Province
October 12, 2012 – January 12, 2013
Inspired by Van Gogh, who lived in southern France, Wang was invited to shoot a group portrait
of curators, photographers, museums curators, and writers for 2011 Recontres de la photographie in
Arles. He tailor-made all these hospital pajamas with the label of Van Gogh Hospital No.1 – No. 120, then staged the shooting in front of the town’s landmark amphitheater. the monument in this nice
little southern town in France.
5. “The History of Monuments”
MoCA Taipei plaza, Taipei, Taiwan
November 8, 2012 – February 8, 2013
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston, USA
November 6, 2012 – February 17, 2013
Upcoming Solo Exhibition:
Painting the Canvas, Oil on canvas, 2009-2012
Gallery 100, Taipei, Taiwan
Opening November 10, 2012