1968 · China
Xiao Kegang is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in China. Xiao Kegang was born in 1968. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Yue Minjun, Hai Bo, Li Chen, Zhang Dali and Fang Lijun.
Xiao Kegang most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space in Chengdu (27 December 2019 until 28 February 2020) with the exhibition Anonymous. Xiao Kegang's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Force majeure, which took place at Eli Klein in New York, the United States (17 January 2020 - 17 March 2020).
Currently on Artland, ten of Xiao Kegang's works are available to purchase.
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 essence, 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 dazing number of innovations have been forged by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the main ingredient, which was developed in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany uncovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to manufacture porcelain of the same technical qualities. The art and culture of the Maoist era, which would endure on for decades from the mid-century period, were used as a vehicle for a number of propagandist ideals, promoting the revolutionary communism of Mao Zedong.
Further Biographical Context for Xiao Kegang
Xiao Kegang was born in 1968 and was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth discrepancy, 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. Important 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 recognition, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.