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Series Title
The Great Criticism Series
Artist
Wang Guangyi (Chinese, b. 1957)
Date
2006
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
Sheet/image : 44 x 40 in. (1.1 x 1 m)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2015.16

Label
Wang Guangyi is a leader of China’s Political Pop movement. Political Pop emerged in the 1990s in response to the contradictions between China’s ostensibly communist political system and its increasingly capitalistic economic system. Wang’s Great Criticism series juxtaposes imagery from political propaganda art that was ubiquitous in China during the 1950s and 60s with brand names and slogans from Western-style commercial advertising that began appearing in China during the 1980s  and 1990s. The images are overlaid with strings of numbers that recall both government-issued personal identification numbers and consumer product barcodes. In keeping with the original spirit of Pop Art, Wang has produced thousands of paintings and prints in his Great Criticism series, proving that even avant-garde protest art can become a valuable commodity in contemporary China.

Object Type
Print