Zhao Zhao

1982 · China

Artist biography

Zhao Zhao is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in China, like other prominent artists such as Yun, Wen Wu, HAN Hsiang-Ning, Cai Guangbin, and Jiang Zhuyun. Zhao Zhao was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Zhao Zhao is represented by two galleries, Roberts Projects and Chambers Fine Art | New York in the United States. Zhao Zhao most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (02 July 2019 until 06 September 2019) with the exhibition Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu. Zhao Zhao's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Chambers Fine Art | Beijing in China (20 September 2019 - 03 November 2019) with the name Nature as Measure and Tang Contemporary Art | Hong Kong in China (19 March 2020 - 18 April 2020) with the name Echo among Geographies. Zhao Zhao's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called The Weight of Matter and took place at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles, the United States from the 28 June 2019 to 09 August 2019.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather ungraspable figure in the eyes of the West, distinctive in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly sophisticated and artistically 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 discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Some major Chinese artists, whose work can be characterised as modernist in a an international and western context of artistic movements, include Sanyu and Zao Wou-Ki.

Further Biographical Context for Zhao Zhao

Born in 1982, Zhao Zhao's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exerted a strong influence on younger artists.

Zhao Zhao

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