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Wang Guangyi

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2005 under Reviews | No comments

Wang Guangyi
Written by Karen Smith

If seeking a single word to describe this book and its focal point, artist Wang Guangyi, my choice would be, "eye-catching." If seeking a way to describe my feelings towards Guangyi's pieces, I could immediately reply with, "strangely appealing and noticeable." In fact, this is the very feeling that caused me to pick up this book from Kissimmee's Library. Not only does his work (and consequently, a book about his work) stand out and immediately draw attention, but as I quickly scanned through the pages, completely stopped in my tracks at first glance, I knew I had found something I liked.

With so many of Guangyi's more memorable pieces drawing from iconic roots and arrangement, it is not difficult to understand my enjoyment. The fact that his chosen style leans towards bold, accented lines is an advantage that allows me to enjoy the sometimes chaotic nature of his art.

Ultimately, this book served its purpose well - in providing an exposè on not only the work of Wang Guangyi, but also on the impact made from knowing how his standpoint on socialism translated to his art-forms.

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