Song Dong

1966 · China

Artist biography

Song Dong is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from China. Song Dong was born in 1966. Born in the same country and around the same year are Liu Xiaodong, Zhang Huan, Guo Wei, Lin Tianmiao and Qin Feng.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Song Dong is represented and exhibited by 3 galleries around the world, in countries like the United States and Brazil. Galleries include PACE | New York and Chambers Fine Art | New York in the United States, as well as Baró Galeria in Brazil. Song Dong most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Pace London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Song DongSame Bed Different Dreams. The exhibition was open from 30 September 2019 until 04 November 2019. Song Dong's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Chambers Fine Art | Beijing in China (10 November 2019 - 10 January 2020) with the name The Way of Chopsticks IV (Coming of Age) and Chambers Fine Art | New York in the United States (26 June 2019 - 15 August 2019) with the name TURN OF THE CENTURY: PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHINA.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather ungraspable figure in the eyes of the West, distinctive in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly refined and creatively lush 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 forged 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 produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, kept-back from the influence of the West. Until the onset of the twentieth century, the Imperial power of China, abundant of centuries old traditions, was prospering, but civil war ravaged the country as the forces of Chiang Kai Shek and Mao Zedong fought for the control of this great country, its people and resources.

Further Biographical Context for Song Dong

Song Dong was born in 1966 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Song Dong

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