Shen Yang, b.1969

Pan Xing Lei

In Hong Kong, Pan Xing Lei is an immigrant mainlander, who came to be known as an artist as mad as he was maddening, with provocative performances that often included the accompaniment of major figures, or their stand-ins, in actions that featured his own body. One of the original student artists behind the Goddess of Democracy, Pan narrowly avoided death or arrest in the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. In 1996, he employed this strategy again in a public square, where he splashed a Colonial monument of Queen Victoria with red paint. This work cost him a month in jail, and made him a media sensation. To Pan Xing Lei, the bonding of the artist himself, with static, lifeless sculptural forms, became a quickening union, by virtue of the bloody...

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Biography

In Hong Kong, Pan Xing Lei is an immigrant mainlander, who came to be known as an artist as mad as he was maddening, with provocative performances that often included the accompaniment of major figures, or their stand-ins, in actions that featured his own body. One of the original student artists behind the Goddess of Democracy, Pan narrowly avoided death or arrest in the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. In 1996, he employed this strategy again in a public square, where he splashed a Colonial monument of Queen Victoria with red paint. This work cost him a month in jail, and made him a media sensation. To Pan Xing Lei, the bonding of the artist himself, with static, lifeless sculptural forms, became a quickening union, by virtue of the bloody raiment coating them both. The resulting combination of art and artist institutes a marriage of life and death, made possible by the passion and positioning, of the creative act.

Pan Xing Lei has had numerous one man shows and performances, and has been included in important group outings in China, Hong Kong, Germany, and the US, including the landmark traveling exhibition: Inside Out: New Chinese Art, seen in New York at the Asia Society and PS1. He was featured in the March 2001 issue of Art News, in an article by Hugh Akin, titled: Camouflaged Revolutionary.

Artworks

Imitate Mao, 2003

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / Art of the 2000s / Asian Art / China / Chinese Art / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Chinese Art / Historical Approach / Historical Events / Inspiration from History / Mixed Media / Mixed Media Painting / Modern and Contemporary Chinese History / Performance / Political Issues / Propagandic Imagery / Social Activism / Social Issues / Social Movement / Socio-political Issues / Tiananmen Square Massacre

CURRICULUM VITAE

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2004

    Tablet (performance), Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2003

    Pan Xing Lei, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • This is Not the Great Wall – performance for Radical Line, BGSU, Bowling Green, OH

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    The Fuck Off Generation: The Post-Mao Era Part II, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2005

    New Chinese Occidentalism, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

Collections

  • The Asia Society Permanent Collection

  • The Cohen Family Collection

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2004

    Tablet (performance), Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2003

    Pan Xing Lei, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • This is Not the Great Wall – performance for Radical Line, BGSU, Bowling Green, OH

  • 2002

    Double History, 456 Gallery – Chinese American Art Center, New York, NY

  • Imitate Guang Han Man, (performance), Ethan Cohen Gallery for Asia Art Week, New York, NY

  • 2001

    Imitate Bei Wei Buddha, (performance), Chasama Theatre for Cross Path Culture Identities Series, New York, NY

  • Skin, (with performance), Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2000

    Camouflage Fiction, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • Totem, (performance/public art), East River, Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    The Fuck Off Generation: The Post-Mao Era Part II, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2005

    New Chinese Occidentalism, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • Funkadelicide, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY curated by D. Dominick Lombardi

  • In the Right Light, The Lab Gallery, Howard Smith Hotel, New York, NY, curated by Matt Garrison

  • 2004

    Photo New York, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Miami Art Fair – Scope, Miami, FL. USA

  • Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia

  • On The Edge - Contemporary Chinese Photography & Video, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • Big America, Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2003

    Sexy Beast, Ethan Cohen Gallery, curated by Robert Knafo

  • Migrations, Legion Arts/CSPS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • The Harlem Art Project Auction/Ray of Light Foundation, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, NY

  • Radical Line, Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Center Galleries, BGSU, Bowling Green, OH and Traveling to The College of Wooster Art Museum 2004

  • Peace & Line, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • The Shoe-Box Show, University of Hawaii Manoa, and traveling to locations in the US, Taiwan, Guam, Japan, Mexico, and Canada

  • Chicago Art Fair, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Chicago, USA

  • The Armory Show, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2002

    Miami Art Fair, Ethan Cohen Gallery, USA

  • Australia Art Fair, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Open Studios, Art Omi International Art Center, Ghent, NY

  • Black and White, Amerasian Bank Art Gallery, Flushing, NY

  • Imitate Horse Stamp On, The Brewster Project, (performance/public art), Brewster, NY

  • Dermatome, Cherrydelosreas Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2001

    Imitate Terra Cotta Warrior General, A Series of Performances by Chinese Artists, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Jay St annex, New York, NY

  • Path 2 Launch, Collaborative Performance & Group Show, Cross Path Culture at Media and Beyond, New York, NY

  • Big Game (Collaborative Public Performance), Parade of Concept - DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2000

    Conceptual Ink, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • From Mao to Now, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • Contemporary Chinese Photography, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

Collections

  • The Asia Society Permanent Collection

  • The Cohen Family Collection