Huang Yong Ping – Ping Pong
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Catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition Huang Yong Ping – Ping Pong (12.04.-01.06.2008).
Huang Yong Ping (1954-2019) was one of the most outstanding Chinese artists from the ‘first generation’, who abandoned traditional formal approaches and adopted many of the radical aesthetic and conceptual paradigms of the Western avant-garde. As a post-conceptual artist, he created idea-based works with clear references to Duchamp and the readymade tradition. His art always tells a story and often includes reflections about society and human existence.
He was concerned about finding an intelligent balance between the Western concept of art and the Chinese art tradition, particularly as regards traditional materials and their uses. His appeal resides in the fact that he never abandoned Chinese art and philosophy, but adapted Chinese thoughts and sensibilities into an ongoing dialog with his adopted Western culture. His mark is present everywhere in the thinking and methodological approaches of today’s younger generation of artists. In this way, Huang built a bridge that is now being crossed by many young contemporary Chinese artists, who are developing their art in all directions.
Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran, Grete Årbu and Hanne Beate Ueland
Language:Norwegian and English