Shi Xinning

A Holiday in Venice - At the Balcony of Ms. Guggenheim

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A Holiday in Venice  - At the Balcony of Ms. Guggenheim
Shi Xinning
A Holiday in Venice - At the Balcony of Ms. Guggenheim
2006
Oil on canvas
210 x 272 cm
Xinning’s alternative Mao biography operates as a free-for-all send up of official versions of history; his subjects are carefully chosen for their collision course narratives and gossipy innuendo. Beneath Xinning’s paintings lies the intriguing proposition: how differently things might have turned out if only a little thing like ideology didn’t get in the way. In A Holiday in Venice – At the Balcony of Ms. Guggenheim, a Cheshire-ish Chairman lounges linen-clad and carefree, having possibly met his match in the famous art collector; he an aspiring poet and calligrapher, she a respected patron, both figures notorious for their libidinous antics…

     
 


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