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Wang Guangyi is best known for his adept fusions of propagandistic imagery and capitalist iconography, through which he explores the complex and often contradictory nature of contemporary Chinese national identity. In his 'Great Criticism' series, Guangyi repurposes the colorful, graphic imagery of Mao-era posters, mixing in repetitive, stamp-like strings of numbers along with logos from prominent brands. Here, a trio of Chinese citizens look on in pride, surrounded by text promoting the banking, insurance, and telecommunication industries protected by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Published by Kwai Po Collection, Hong Kong
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Wang Guangyi’s (Chinese, b. 1957) practice examines the relationship between China’s Cultural Revolution and consumerism. Through his agitprop style, Guangyi offsets political virtuosity with subversive and capitalistic content, usually in the form of branding and logos of global retailers. This ironic juxtaposition subverts political leanings; instead relating a critical dialogue regarding Chinese economics. His most famous series, 'Great Criticism,' re-presents propagandistic images to describe the polemics of past politics and present society.