1968 · China
Historical Context of China
China has always been a rather enigmatic figure in the eyes of the West, distinctive in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in nature, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly sophisticated and creatively rich culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective domains of the arts and sciences, and an dazing number of innovations have been forged by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, which was developed 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 Wen Wu
Born in 1968, Wen Wu was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.