Guo Fengyi

1942 · China

Artist biography

Guo Fengyi is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in China. Guo Fengyi was born in 1942. Born in the same country and around the same year are Gao Xingjian, Ho Huai-Shuo, Cu Gan, Tong Yangtze and Wang Dongling.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Guo Fengyi's work is on display at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York, the United States. Guo Fengyi is at the moment exhibiting at Gladstone Gallery | 21st Street in New York with the exhibition Solo exhibition (14 March 2020 - 25 April 2020).

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather ungraspable 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 rich culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective domains 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 key ingredient, which appeared in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany uncovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Productions of art in the modern period were essentially reshaping the more classical, established standards of Calligraphic ink work, when not engaging in promoting the figures of social realism, ideals of the State.

Further Biographical Context for Guo Fengyi

Guo Fengyi was born in 1942 and was primarily influenced by the 1960s. Art turned into a vehicle for ideologies and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing simultaneously as the most defining art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting stimulated by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first elements of what would be known as Conceptual art were blossoming. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to explore further some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while eliminating the emotional and highly personal aspect it would often associated with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply relating to Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism deeply influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Guo Fengyi

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