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Fang Lijun EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

2003.3.1
Fang Lijun
2003.3.1

2003

woodblock prints and ink on 7 paper and fabric scrolls with wooden dowels

400 x 852 cm
Untitled (Swimmers)
Fang Lijun
Untitled (Swimmers)

2004

inkwash on paper mounted on canvas

132 x 213 cm
One of the leading proponents of the early 1990s Cynical Realist movement, Fang Lijun’s work encapsulates the disillusionment of China’s youth; a generation defined by the events at Tiananmen Square and China’s internal domestic policies. Constructed around loose narratives Fang’s images personalise sentiments of disenchantment, angst, and rebellion; his fictional suggestions conveyed through his illustrative style and re-occurring bald-headed protagonist.
Fang’s practice exhibits a rarefied technical skill rigorously studied through his Social Realist training; his combination of this aesthetic with references to contemporary comics, folk art, and dynastic painting characterise a national identity in flux, distilling a position of integrity from tradition and the modern world.
Fang’s monumental sized prints revive the ancient Asian practice of woodblock printing -- a complicated and exacting process of carving a ‘negative’ image into a panel, coating the surface in ink, and impressing the image onto paper; each different colour and tone requires a separate plate and order of printing. Due to their immense scale, Fang’s images are composed on several adjoined scrolls; the elongated strips create both an emotive fragmenting of the image, and create a reference to memory and historical testimony. Thematically, each of these prints describe the plight of the individual against the ‘mass’, creating a spiritual contemplation of solitude the quest for personal probity in the face of adversity.
Fang’s painting 30th Mary evokes these same sentiments with a humorous effect. Reminiscent of European church ceiling paintings, Fang portrays an order of ascendancy of same-same kewpie figures, each based on his own image. Executed with painstaking hyper-realism, the clouds formulate as a tempestuous funnel rather than a portal of billowing promise. Contrasted with the kitsch palette and pop rendering of the grotesque cherubs, Fang’s painting approaches the sanctity of ideological assurance with an empathetic cynicism.
1998.11.15
Fang Lijun
1998.11.15

1999

woodblock prints and ink on 5 paper and fabric scrolls with wooden dowels

490.9 x 606.2 cm
1996.No.17
Fang Lijun
1996.No.17

1996

woodblock prints and ink on 3 paper and fabric scrolls with wooden dowels

244 x 366 cm
30th Mary
Fang Lijun
30th Mary

2006

Oil on canvas

400 x 525 cm
One of the leading proponents of the early 1990s Cynical Realist movement, Fang Lijun’s work encapsulates the disillusionment of China’s youth; a generation defined by the events at Tiananmen Square and China’s internal domestic policies. Constructed around loose narratives Fang’s images personalise sentiments of disenchantment, angst, and rebellion; his fictional suggestions conveyed through his illustrative style and re-occurring bald-headed protagonist.

Fang’s practice exhibits a rarefied technical skill rigorously studied through his Social Realist training; his combination of this aesthetic with references to contemporary comics, folk art, and dynastic painting characterise a national identity in flux, distilling a position of integrity from tradition and the modern world.

Fang’s monumental sized prints revive the ancient Asian practice of woodblock printing -- a complicated and exacting process of carving a ‘negative’ image into a panel, coating the surface in ink, and impressing the image onto paper; each different colour and tone requires a separate plate and order of printing. Due to their immense scale, Fang’s images are composed on several adjoined scrolls; the elongated strips create both an emotive fragmenting of the image, and create a reference to memory and historical testimony. Thematically, each of these prints describe the plight of the individual against the ‘mass’, creating a spiritual contemplation of solitude the quest for personal probity in the face of adversity.

Fang’s painting 30th Mary evokes these same sentiments with a humorous effect. Reminiscent of European church ceiling paintings, Fang portrays an order of ascendancy of same-same kewpie figures, each based on his own image. Executed with painstaking hyper-realism, the clouds formulate as a tempestuous funnel rather than a portal of billowing promise. Contrasted with the kitsch palette and pop rendering of the grotesque cherubs, Fang’s painting approaches the sanctity of ideological assurance with an empathetic cynicism.






Other artists in
THE REVOLUTION CONTINUES: NEW CHINESE ART

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Sun Yuan and Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Fang Lijun's BIOGRAPHY

Fang Lijun
1963
Born in Handan, Hebei province, China

Lives and works in Beijing


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2006
Kupferstichkabinett Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany

2005
National Galerie / China Art Museum, Beijing, China
Art Cologne, Germany

2004
Fang Lijun, Leben Ist Jetzt, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin, Beijing, Berlin, Germany

2002
Fang Lijun, Between Beijing & Dali, Woodcuts & Paintings 1989 - 2002, Ludwig Forum für InternationaleKunst Aachen

2001
Fang lijun, Asian Fine Art, Berlin
Prüss + Ochs Gallery Germany

1998
Fang Lijun, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
From Beijing to Amsterdam and Back, Stedelijk Museum/ Galerie Serieuse Zaken, Amsterdam

1996
Fang Lijun: Human Images in an Uncertain Age, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo
Fang Lijun, Galerie Bellefroid, Paris
Fang Lijun, Galerie Serieuse Zaken, Amsterdam


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2005
Kinderszenen - Child's Play, Rohbaukunst, Groß Leuthen Berlin - Brandenburg, Germany
Mahjong, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
New Work / New Aquisitions, MoMa New York, USA
Clues, WHITE SPACE BEIJING , Beijing, China
Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Präsentation 2006/2007, Germany
ART FORUM Berlin 2005, Berlin, Germany

2001
C’est Moi, C’est Nous, Galerie de France, Paris
Millennium Portrait of China, Bremen City Gallery, Bremen

2000
Portraits de Chine Contemporaine, Espace Culturel Francois Mitterand, Perigueux, France

1998-2000
Inside Out, Asia Society, New York, MoMA San Francisco, Seattle, Monterey

1999
d’APERTutto, 48th Venice Biennale, Venice

1998
Black & White, Chinese Contemporary, London
5000 + 10, Chinese Contemporary (London), Bilbao, Spain
Double Kitsch: Painters from China, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

1996-1997
CHINA!, Kunstmuseum, Bonn

1996
4 Points de Rencontre, Chine, 1996, Galerie de France, Paris
Begegnungen mit China, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
Beijing/No No Soap Opera?, Munich, Germany
New Collection of Commissioned works on the theme ‘Hiroshima’, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

1995
Visions of Happiness - Ten Asian Contemporary Artists, The Japan Foundation, ASEAN Cultural Centre, Tokyo
Unser Jahrhundert, Ludwig Museum, Cologne
First Kwangju Biennial, Kwangju, Korea
Couplet 4, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Avant Gardes Artistiques Xineses, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona

1994-1995
Fourth Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka/Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

1994
Welt-Moral Kunsthalle, Basel
Chinese Contemporary Art at Sao Paulo, 22nd International Biennial of Sao Paulo
New Chinese Art, Hanart TZ Gallery, Taipei

1993-1994
China Avant Garde, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (also Kunsthalle, Rotterdam, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Kunsthallen Brandts Kloedefabrik, Odense, Denmark)

1993
China’s New Art, Post-1989, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Passagio ad Oriente, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice
New Art From China Post-1989, Marlborough Fine Art London

1992-1993
New Art From China/Post Mao Product, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, City of Ballaart Fine Art Gallery, Ballaart, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra

1992
Fang Lijun and Liu Wei Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing Art Museum, Beijing

1991
Fang Lijun/Liu Wei, private exhibition, Beijing

1989
China/Avant Garde, China National Gallery, Beijing

1984
Sixth National Art Exhibition, Guangzhou