Art Basel Miami Beach

  • Artist: Wu Chen

    Date: Dec. 4, 2019 - Jan. 8, 2020(Privateview:Dec. 4,2019)

    Art Basel | Miami Beach
    Booth | P02
    Wu Chen

    Private Day
    2019.12.04, 11:00 - 20:00
    2019.12.05, 11:00 - 15:00

    Public Days
    2019.12.05, 15:00 - 20:00
    2019.12.06, 12:00 - 20:00
    2019.12.07, 12:00 - 20:00
    2019.12.08, 12:00 - 20:00

    Address |  1901 Convention Center Drive
    33139, Miami Beach
    Florida, United States


    Magician Space will be presenting Wu Chen and his new Paintings in Art Basel Miami Beach 2019,Booth P02.

    In "The Red Studio Has No Artist", Wu Chen (b.1983, Beijing) appropriates, deconstructs and re-edits classic imagery from art history and popular culture, as a sanctified visual archive, from within the context of concrete social realities. In “Mickey's Adventure ”(2019) , Wu Chen casts the universally known cartoon character of Mickey Mouse in the role of a painter, and references Caravaggio’s "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" (1602), using a distorted and satirical visualization to convey suspicion of the canonization and classics of art.

    Mickey's Adventure, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 180cm

    In this statement, Wu Chen centers his discussion on the language and reality of painting, creating a fictional scene in which he talks with Matisse in the studio. Here, Wu presents several artist portraits based on the likenesses of Matisse and himself, which borrow from the religious body postures and gestures of Classicism. Although posing as sublime and serious visual representations, Wu Chen’s portraits poke fun at the "sacredness" of the artist's identity and the obstacles of external viewing. Wu’s humorous, satirical brushstrokes and themes respond to how our image archiving mechanisms construct the sacredness and worship of art, as well as point to the symbiotic and paradoxical relationship between artistic practice, secular life, and cultural production.


    Rocking Chair Capriccio, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200cm

    Wu Chen’s Rocking Chair painting ( "Rocking Chair Capriccio", 2018) and site-specific installation "Clock" are both inspired by objects that have appeared in Matisse's studio and paintings. Through the conversion and transformation of the readymade, Wu Chen closely links the artist’s living conditions in the studio with his artistic practice. The works in the exhibition perform space-time discontinuities and detournement, and repeatedly return to the theme of the artist's self-viewing and reflexivity. In the center of Matisse’s "The Red Studio" (1911), the hands-free clock symbolizes the stagnation of time and the perpetuity of falsehood. At the Miami exhibition site, Wu Chen will present a modern electronic clock showing real-time Beijing time, breaking the time and space boundaries set by Matisse. Wu Chen’s presentation of the "time zone" (a fictional geographical area concept) is his skeptical and intentional misreading of artistic authenticity and eternal time.



    About the artist


    Wu Chen (b. 1983, Zhengzhou, Henan Province) currently lives and works in in Chengdu and Beijing.
    Solo exhibitions include: Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA (2019); Bad Man Can Also End Up in Heaven, Magician Space, Beijing, CN (2017); Matisse’s Skirt, Magician Space, Beijing, CN (2014). Major exhibitions include: TRAVERSE• COURSE - 2016 HUAYU YOUTH AWARD, Art Sanya, Sanya, CN (2016); The First Dao Jiao New Art Festival, XI Contemporary Art Center, Guangdong, CN (2016); The 6th Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu International Conference and Exhibition Centre, Chengdu, CN (2013); Carousel, Times Art Museum, Beijing, CN (2011); Creative M50 Exhibition, M50 Creative District, Shanghai, CN (2009); ‘Jiong’ – Expressions and Attitudes, the 3rd Shanghai Duolun Youth Art Exhibition, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, CN (2008); “Youth China” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Museum of University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, GER (2008).