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Shi Xinning (b. 1969)
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Shi Xinning (b. 1969)

A Holiday in Venice - At the Balcony of Ms. Guggenheim

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Shi Xinning (b. 1969)
A Holiday in Venice - At the Balcony of Ms. Guggenheim
signed with the artist's initials and dated 'SXN.2006.4' (lower left); signed and titled in Chinese and dated '2006.5' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
82¾ x 107 1/8in. (210 x 272cm.)
Painted in 2006
Provenance
Arndt & Partner, Berlin.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Exhibited
London, Saatchi Gallery, The Revolution Continues: New Chinese Art, 2008-2009.
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Shi Xinning's alternative Mao biography operates as a free-for-all send up of official versions of history; his subjects are carefully chosen for their collision course narratives and gossipy innuendo. Beneath Xinning's paintings lies the intriguing proposition: how differently things might have turned out if only a little thing like ideology didn't get in the way. In A Holiday in Venice - At the Balcony of Ms. Guggenheim, a Cheshire-ish Chairman lounges linen-clad and carefree, having possibly met his match in the famous art collector; he an aspiring poet and calligrapher, she a respected patron, both figures notorious for their libidinous antics.

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