Dream of China No.1
Edition of 10, Signed, dated, titled, numbered, and stamped below image
Inches: 51.5 x 49
Centimeters: 130.81 x 124.46
Wang Jin (b. 1962) Sculptor, installation artist, and performance artist. He was born in Datong city, a province of Shanxi. He graduated in 1987 from the China Academy of Fine Arts with a focus in traditional chinese painting. Since his inclusion in the 1999 Venice Biennale, Wang Jin's work has been increasingly present in international exhibitions. He was introduced to New York audiences in 2004, in Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, which originated at the International Center of Photography, and traveled to five venues in the U.S. and abroad.
- Between Past and Future: Photography and Video from China,
- International Center of Photography, New York, 2004.
- David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Museum
- of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 2004 – 2005.
- Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2005.
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2005 – 2006.
- Haus de Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2006.
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, 2006.
In 1997 Wang Jin began A Chinese Dream, a long-running project that explores the complex process through which objects acquire cultural authenticity. He hired skilled rural seamstresses to reproduce a silk and satin Peking Opera costume in translucent PVC sheets sewn with nylon thread. Thus, the costume’s pre-industrial form and embroidery were faithfully rendered in industrial materials.
This photograph was taken when the artist donned the costume for a dance performance at the Ming imperial tombs outside Beijing.
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