76 Grand Street
A life- size sculpture of a Chinese military parade filled Deitch Project’s Grand Street gallery from November 11th through December 23rd. Comprised of armed soldiers, imposing commanders, tanks, aircraft, missiles and a pro democracy demonstrator with a slingshot, the work portrayed a frightening, but simultaneously comic version of Chinese military power. The artist installed the work on the kind of platform that was normally used by high fashion runway models. The title Défilé had a double meaning that deliberately confused a fashion show with a military parade.
Wang Du was born in Wuhan, China in 1956. Already acclaimed as an art student as one of the most talented figurative sculptors in China, the artist used his reputation to challenge the authorities with provocative work. He was sent to prison and was only released through the intervention of the French government. He subsequently received political asylum in France, where he resided at that time.
Wang Du developed a unique figurative style drawing on Chinese Social Realist propaganda, traditional Chinese ceramic sculpture, and American Pop. His imagery was scavenged from news magazine photographs and advertising. The images in Défilé were mostly taken from Chinese military propaganda magazines. The artist appreciated the irony of making his debut exhibition in New York a statement of Chinese military might.
The artist is best known in the West for Marché aux Puces, his sculptural collage of sex, power and money at the 1999 Venice Biennale. This was his first exhibition in the United States.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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