DescriptionLI SHAN (Chinese, b. 1942)
21-3/4 x 17-1/2 inches (55.2 x 44.5 cm)
Signed and dated with Chinese script in ink on the reverse: Lishan / 2005
Private collection, New York
Li Shan graduated from the Art Department of the Shanghai Theater Academy in 1968. He is a principal artist of the Political Pop movement, which emerged in the early 1990s. His best-known works feature a stylized young Mao, sometimes wearing lipstick or sporting a lotus flower, set against a bright background. Moving beyond Mao portraits, Li uses decorative and folk art motifs to explore ambiguities of sex, gender, and species: works in his 2005 Reading series, for instance, depict fantastical insects collaged from human body parts. Li's art has been exhibited internationally, including '85 New Wave - The Birth of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2007), the First Guangzhou Triennial (2002), and the 45th Venice Biennale (1993). He lives in Shanghai.
Framed and glazed to an overall size of 24 x 20 inches.
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