Sun Xun

1980 · China

Artist biography

Sun Xun is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from China. Sun Xun was born in 1980. Also born in China around 1980 and of the same generation are Wang Ningde, Su-En Wong and Li Songsong.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sun Xun is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery located in New York, the United States. Sun Xun most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Sadie Coles HQ | Kingly Street in London (21 September 2017 until 04 November 2017) with the exhibition Zhongguo 2185 . Sun Xun's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; ShanghART M50 in China (01 November 2019 - 19 February 2020) with the name The Release of the New Film "Magic of Atlas" and Experimental Space and Edouard Malingue Gallery | Shanghai in China (21 March 2019 - 04 May 2019) with the name Sans Soleil.

Sun Xun in private collections

On Artland Sun Xun's art can be found in the following collection: dsl collection which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Thomas Flechtner.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather ungraspable figure in the eyes of the West, distinctive in its cultural and political institutions and quite restricted in nature, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly refined and creatively rich 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 key 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. Productions of art in the modern period were essentially reworking the more classical, established ideals of Calligraphic ink work, when not engaging in endorsing the figures of social realism, ideals of the State.

Further Biographical Context for Sun Xun

Sun Xun was born in 1980 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start 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 group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside 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 artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved 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 derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and extremely sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Sun Xun

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 5

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