Guan Xiao

1983 · China

Artist biography

Guan Xiao is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from China, like other renowned artists such as Liu Zheng, Walasse Ting, Hai Zhang, Fang Di, and Zhenning Li. Guan Xiao was born in 1983.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Guan Xiao is represented and exhibited by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler located in Berlin, Germany. Guan Xiao most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Gabriele Senn Galerie in Vienna with the exhibition While I Kiss The Sky. The exhibition was open from 12 September 2019 until 18 October 2019. Guan Xiao's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Living Sci-Fi, under the red stars, which took place at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler in Berlin, Germany (28 April 2017 - 01 July 2017).

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather enigmatic figure in the eyes of the West, unique in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly refined and artistically lush culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective fields of the arts and sciences, and an astonishing number of innovations have been established by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the main ingredient, which appeared in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to manufacture porcelain of the same technical qualities. Some major Chinese artists, whose work can be considered modernist in a global and western framework of artistic movements, include Sanyu and Zao Wou-Ki.

Further Biographical Context for Guan Xiao

Guan Xiao was born in 1983 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this outline.

Guan Xiao

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