Zhan Wang

1962 · China

Artist biography

Zhan Wang is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from China. Zhan Wang was born in 1962. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Lin Yilin, Zeng Fanzhi, Hong Hao, Liu Wei and Cang Xin.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Zhan Wang's work is available for viewing at Haines Gallery in San Francisco, the United States. Zhan Wang most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Tang Contemporary Art | Beijing in China with the exhibition Five Monologic Spatial Dialogues. The exhibition was open from 04 January 2020 until 29 February 2020.

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 lush 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 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 uncovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Some outstanding Chinese artists, whose work can be characterised as modernist in a global and western context of artistic movements, include Sanyu and Zao Wou-Ki.

Further Biographical Context for Zhan Wang

Zhan Wang was born in 1962 and was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s signified 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 particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Zhan Wang

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