Wu Junyong

1978 · China

Artist biography

Wu Junyong is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from China. Wu Junyong was born in 1978. Artists Wang Ningde, Su-En Wong and Li Songsong are of the same generation and same country as Wu Junyong.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Wu Junyong's work is on display at ifa gallery located in Brussels, Belgium. Wu Junyong most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at KWM artcenter in Beijing (12 December 2019 until 13 February 2020) with the exhibition Where are the Fantastic Beasts?. Wu Junyong's only other exhibition is Greasy Spoon, which took place at Ota Fine Arts | Shanghai in China (17 September 2019 - 25 October 2019).

Historical Context of China

A pioneer in technology and technical development in both the arts and sciences, China and its artisans have pioneered many incredible innovations. For instance, true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, was developed in China in the early 1300s. It would not be developed in Europe with the same technical quality and physical properties until 1722, when the Meissen factory in Germany also uncovered the secrets of the recipe. In the modern period, China has remained essentially behind its own closed doors. An Imperial power with centuries old traditions until the beginning of the 20th century, China was subsequently wracked by civil war as Chiang Kai Shek battled the forces of Mao Zedong for the control of this immense country, its people and resources.

Further Biographical Context for Wu Junyong

Born in 1978, Wu Junyong was largely influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this outline.

Wu Junyong

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