Satirical Ji Dachun
Ji Dachun, born in 1968 inJiangsu Province, graduated fromthe Department of Oil Painting ofthe Central Academy of Fine Artsin 1993. An artist with both anoblique sense of humor and sharpself-criticism, Ji is best-known forhis surrealist, satirical critiquesof contemporary Chinese realities.His work is often discussedin terms of an East-West dialecticin its appropriation of traditionalChinese painting forms and itsambivalent, postmodern attitudetowards the construction of meaning.His aesthetic resists easy characterization,denying immediateunderstanding while demandingsustained contemplation. Ji standsout from Chinese contemporaryartists whose practices are easily subsumed within institutionalized or overtlypoliticized rhetoric, establishing him as one of the most unique Chinese artists.With some 40 works completed over the past decade, the artist’s recent exhibitionat UCCA spans several key moments in his career and includes a new suiteof works produced specifically for this exhibition.
Ji Dachun: Without a Home
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
January 19 – May 11, 2014
Carefree He Muqun
Born in 1924 in Ningbo, Jiangsu Province, He Muqun leftfor Paris in 1965 and stayed there for 37 years. Due to unremittingefforts and outstanding talent, He became one of the mostrenowned female artists of Chinese heritage, winning recognitionin Paris, then the artistic capital of the world. Influenced by thefree artistic style of the city, she loves carefree artistic expressionand never chases short-lived trends. She delves deep to theessence of art, focusing on depicting daily life through imagesof still life and figures. She excels with heavy colors, bold shapesand a simple style to display the distinctive vitality of her subjects.In 2002, He settled in Shanghai and donated 145 of herworks to the China Art Museum in Shanghai.......