1984 · China
Nabuqi's work has most recently been exhibited at Sadie Coles HQ | Kingly Street in London (21 September 2017 until 04 November 2017) with the exhibition Zhongguo 2185 . Nabuqi's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Treasure Island Phantoms (07 September 2019 - 29 October 2019) at C-Space+Local C in Beijing and A Composite Leviathan (10 October 2019 - 31 January 2020) at Luhring Augustine | Bushwick in New York.
Historical Context of China
For centuries, China has been one of the most sophisticated and artistic cultures. Unique in its political and cultural systems, and rather hermetic in nature, it has always been somewhat of an enigma to the west. In the Maoist era, stretching for decades from the mid-century period, art and culture served the revolutionary communism of Chairman Mao, replete with the heroic figures of social realism and various propagandist ideals.
Further Biographical Context for Nabuqi
Nabuqi was born in 1984 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly irreverent sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and extremely sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.