1971 · China
Yang Fudong is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from China. Yang Fudong was born in 1971. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Wang Ningde, Su-En Wong and Li Songsong.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Yang Fudong's work is available on viewing in Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom and Marian Goodman Gallery | Paris in France. Yang Fudong's work has most recently been exhibited at Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (29 May 2019 until 25 July 2019) with the exhibition Beyond GOD and Evil – Preface. Yang Fudong's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland and A TIME CAPSULE CONTINUED (22 February 2019 - 19 July 2019) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland.
Historical Context of China
China has always been a rather enigmatic 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 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 astonishing 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 discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to manufacture porcelain of the same technical qualities. Productions of art in the modern period were essentially reshaping the more classical, pre-existing ideals of Calligraphic ink work, when not engaging in promoting the figures of social realism, ideals of the State.
Further Biographical Context for Yang Fudong
Born in 1971, Yang Fudong's creative work was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.