Many works in A Journey of Magic and Desire(
So, when they came into the possession of art collector Wang Tzi-yung (
With desire, particular how male artists view sexual desire toward women, as its theme, A Journey showcases some of these less discussed works, mostly from the early 1990s, by today's established artists.
The Shanghai-born US based graphic artist Walasse Ting (
A self-taught painter, Ting has also worked in the theater and poetry. All in My Head, a series of lithographs accompanied by his erotic poems from the 1970s, humorously manipulates European erotic photos of the 1930s, in which the men are repainted as animals and insects in a graffiti style.
Juror No. 4 (Fox Spirit) is one of the large-format photoshop images from New York-based Chinese artist Daniel Lee's (李小鏡) 1994 Judgement series. The Chinese belief in reincarnation describes a universe in which 108 creatures, including humans, are to be judged after their death in an underworld court. Among the leopard king, carp spirit and other mythological figures, fox spirit is on the jury.
Lee's photo-realistic "manimals," combinations of human body and animal-like facial features, shock or repel some viewers.
Ho Chun-ming (
"The works by Ting and Ho and many others on show here were considered highly controversial at the time I acquired them. Now that times have changed, their common denominator is no longer their challenge of the taboo but their being time-proven good works," Wang said.
With 30 years of collecting and now the owner of over 1,000 items, ranging from Chinese ink landscapes to contemporary installations, Wang is an eclectic and intuitive collector. For some works he fell in love with at first sight, he would sell houses to buy them. Home Gallery's future exhibitions may worth be looking forward to. As A Journey shows, there are quite some gems among Wang's collection.
The exhibition will run until Oct. 31. Home Gallery is located at 30-1, Zhongshan N Rd, Sec 3. (