Poster of Huang Keyi's Solo Show Everybody loves peonies

In “Everybody loves peonies”, Huang Keyi presents works of art emerging from a traditional Chinese theme, the peony flower, as it is influenced by modern aesthetics and commercialization. Starting from the behavior of purchasing samples of the peony flowers painted in the traditional Chinese style from Tao Bao, China’s biggest online marketplace, Huang does not only examine the phenomenon of the “Peony Village” in Luoyang, but also “performs” through multi-dimensional simulation and composite media as well as through “crowd-sourcing” and the sales of his work online to further develop the exhibition. As the symbol of traditional Chinese culture and paintings, peonies have been artificially cultivated in history. The peony’s aesthetics emerged from the wish for good fortune in the long-held Chinese custom. Today, with deepening commercialization and rapid growth in China, appreciation for peonies has also become a social phenomenon. With these works of art, Huang explores the complex interplay between history and reality, art and society, as well as individuals and the collective.

—Sheng Wei

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No. 1, 100x200cm

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No. 1, 100x200cm

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No.13, 100x200cm

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No.13, 100x200cm

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No.31, 100x200cm

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No.31, 100x200cm

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No.32, 100x200cm

Huang Keyi, Everybody loves peonies No.32, 100x200cm

About the exhibition

Huang Keyi: Everybody loves peonies

Organizer: Today Art Museum

Curator: Sheng Wei

Creative Director: Wen Xin

Opening Ceremony: 3p.m. April 9, 2016

Druation: April 9, 2016 – April 24, 2016

Venue: 1/F & 2/F Exhibition Hall of Building 3, Today Art Museum

Courtesy of the artist and Today Art Museum, for further information please visit www.todayartmuseum.com.

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