Wang Xingwei, Traitors, 2015, oil on canvas, 78 5/8 × 94 1/2".

Wang Xingwei

Platform China | Beijing 站台中国当代艺术机构

Wang Xingwei, Traitors, 2015, oil on canvas, 78 5/8 × 94 1/2".

Wang Xingwei’s latest solo exhibition was clearly inspired by Platform China’s new home, in which the space is divided into a front and a back room. The show’s conceptual framework also formed a kind of dualistic structure, posturing the theme of dialectic moral values. “Model worker” Li Xianting—the art critic and curator known to emulate the traditional Confucian intellectual, calling himself “the squire”—was invited to inscribe the title. In traditional Chinese society, respected authorities would often play the role of arbitrator. The fanfare of the show’s title, “Honor and Disgrace,” made it hard not to see irony and humor in its content. In recent years, “Eight Honors and Eight Shames” was one of the official slogans for moral education enthusiastically employed by Chinese authorities. Here, however, Wang shrewdly applied this moralism as an aesthetic form. For

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