Artist: Chen Wenling
Title: Red Memory-No Big Deal NO.2
Material: Bronze, Car paint
Donated by Chen Wenling
Reserve: US$ 4,000
Chen Wenling was born in Fujian province in 1969, and is repeatedly mentioned as one of the top ten artists living & working in China today. This piece is part of his first and best known 'Red Memory' series. The gleaming red children became iconic responses to the one child policy and desire for 'red boys' or male babies. Art critic and professor Peng De commented that "he expresses the dream, the remembrance and the nostalgia of our innocent childhood and a questioning of our adult human culture." Chen Wenling later became synonymous with satirical and grotesque critiques on power, excess and consumption through large scale sculptures and installation.
In 1999 Chen Wenling received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale - the most lauded prize in the art world, and the Alpert Award in the Arts in the United States the same year. He has exhibited extensively in Australia, including the ‘The 7th Exhibition of Sculptures by the Sea’ in 2011. His work in held in the permanent collections of the Melbourne Art Museum, the National Art Museum of China, the National Gallery of Korea and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, USA. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
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