Wang Qingsong (b. 1966, Heilongijang) is considered one of China’s most innovative contemporary artists. He turned from painting to photography in the late 1990s, and currently works in documentary, staged and scroll photography, computer-generated images and sculpture.
“ADinfinitum” features large scale photographic masterpieces which show the earthshaking changes occurring in contemporary China, and the contradictions and problems brought about by this rapid transition. The struggle, the confusion, “wandering” and “call to arms” of the ordinary people in their daily lives are vividly echoed in the details of the mural-like photographs.
The artwork can require months of logistical preparation and staging, and recruitment of dozens and sometimes hundreds of models for epic photo-shoots (many are done in one day and with no digital manipulation).
The exhibition is site-specific, featuring 12 of Wang‘s large-scale works (some from the Miami collections of Ella Cisneros, Anthony Japour and Craig Robins). Spanning all three galleries of the Frost‘s third floor (a rarity for the museum), the show encompasses 2,500 square feet.
A first for Wang‘s solo shows, each gallery is dedicated to a particular theme of his work. The artist’s deep nostalgia for Chinese tradition permeates one gallery focusing on this core subject matter. One of the artworks in this exhibition, Crazy Readers, has never been shown in the United States.