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Modern and contemporary artists and art ‚Äď Fang Lijun chinesecontemporary.com
Fang Lijun is the leading protagonist of Cynical Realism, the major movement of the post-1989 era in contemporary Chinese art. Cynical Realism, an urban based movement, developed in the aftermath of the events of 1989 which included not only the demonstrations at Tiananmen Square but the closure earlier that year of the ‚ÄúChina Avant Garde‚ÄĚ exhibition at the China National Gallery in Beijing by the authorities. chinesecontemporary.com
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- Cynical Realist Fang Lijun by ben Davidson
A fool is someone still trusting after being taken in a hundred times. We'd rather be lost, bored, crisis-ridden misguided punks than be cheated. Don't even consider trying the old methods on us, we'll riddle your dogma with holes, then discard it in a rubbish heap.
I read those strong words in a newspaper article long before I ever saw a Fang Lijun painting. The words are Fang's, as quoted in a 1992 article by China's leading art critic Li Xianting. heimat.de
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Born in 1963 in Handai of the Hebei province, Fang Lijun endured a rather difficult childhood. Stigmatized as a ‚Äėrich peasant‚Äô during the Cultural Revolution, Fang routinely endured taunts and witnessed the humiliation of his family members. To protect him from persecution by his peers and neighbors, Fang‚Äôs father kept his son at home and taught him painting, whereby instilling an early interest in the arts that was soon to evolve into a promising career. artrealization.com
Fang Lijun, born in 1963 in Handan, Hebei province is one of the leading and most influential artists in china. Known to be one of the main forerunners of the early 1990‚Äôs movement known as Cynical Realism, an artistic trend that evolved as a result of the aftermath of the 1989 student demonstrations in Tiananmen and the closing of the ‚ÄúChina Avant Garde‚ÄĚ exhibition at the China national Gallery in Beijing. artandculture.com
Fang Lijun's paintings never are. They effuse an attitude of indifference and uncertainty, as well as a quirky love of the absurd. For Fang, to be clear -- to make an honest, authentic statement in these times in China -- would be na√Įve. The only admirable attitude is a playful, fun-loving cynicism -- Fang mocks himself as much as he does his subjects, discovers humor in his powerlessness and boredom, and mercilessly ridicules every emaciated state of affairs. mbergerart.com
Chinese artist Fang Lijun, born in 1963, is the recognized leader of the ‚ÄúCynical Realism‚ÄĚ art movement. This generation of artists grew up during the Cultural Revolution, witnessed its subsequent demise (1977), and faced disillusionment when the mass movement to introduce democracy in China ended violently at Tiananmen Square (1989).