A film by Andrew Cohen / A-C Films
Switzerland, China, 2012
SHORT VERSION (13’):
Even before his iconic Mao Zedong: AO (1988) shook the Chinese art world, Wang Guangyi, the father of Political Pop, had questioned the inherited canons of western and eastern art history with his avant-garde canvases of the 1980’s, amid relentless social and political campaigns that plaqued the People’s Republic. As the artist prepares for his largest solo exhibition in China to date, at the Today Art Museum in the fall of 2012, Director Andrew Cohen speaks with Wang in his various Beijing studios about the allure of powerful cultural icons, and the continuing significance of Mao in shaping Wang’s works and world view.
OTHER PORTRAITS OF CHINESE ARTISTS (BY THE SAME DIRECTOR):