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One of Us Is On the Wrong Side of History! - as part of the WDWXXV edition set

One of Us Is On the Wrong Side of History! - as part of the WDWXXV edition set, 2015 - Xu Zhen

One of Us Is On the Wrong Side of History! - as part of the WDWXXV edition set, 2015

Xu Zhen  

80 x 20 cm / 31.5 x 7.87 inch
Edition of 15 copies, signed and numbered by the artists on a certificate (with the exception of Lawrence Weiner)

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  • Medium: 10 lambda prints in plexi box frame
  • This edition is a suite of 10 prints each measuring 20 x 80 cm in a plexi box frame
  • The Lawrence Weiner print that is part of this set is unsigned
  • Ships from the Netherlands in 5 to 10 business days

about this work

Xu Zhen focused on the visual identity of Witte de With’s past exhibitions as well as its archive of posters. As such, this work brings to light not the artworks shown at Witte de With during the past twenty-five years, but rather the wording and design, which mediated them. The archive is read and revealed as a sprawling visual poem made up of fragments and traces of voices past. Xu Zhen extracts fonts and layouts from their original contexts and reproduces them. Here he shows images taken from the Metal Language series (2012) showing select sentences from political caricatures.

This edition is part of a set that was produced in the context of Witte de With’s In Light Of 25 Years. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Witte de With examined its history, dedicating its ground-floor gallery to a series of commissioned presentations by a select group of contemporary artists. Each participant created an image-based work that analyzed certain sediments of contemporary art history. Presented on a large-scale double-sided light box these anniversary commissions were visible to the city day and night. Throughout 2015, In Light Of 25 Years functioned as a space for artists and curators to respond to developments in contemporary art, its landscape and possibilities, departing from Witte de With’s past program.

WDWXXV brings together the ten In Light Of 25 Years commissions. Presented in a slim Plexiglas box frame, inspired by the light box itself, this limited edition portfolio features ten high quality prints by the participating artists Özlem AltinWineke GartzCamille HenrotGermaine KruipMahonyRaimundas MalašauskasZin TaylorFreek WambacqLawrence Weiner, and Xu Zhen. Have a look at the individual artist pages to read more about each specific edition. 

about Xu Zhen

Xu Zhen is a conceptual artist whose work often takes the form of provocative sculptures, installations and interventions that confront sociopolitical taboos in contemporary China and freely manipulate western expectations of Chinese art and commerce.

In 2009 Xu Zhen subsumed his individual artistic identity and transformed into MadeIn – a contemporary art creation corporate focused on the production of creativity, and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities. Subsequently in 2013, MadeIn launched a brand – Xu Zhen, redundantly making Xu a product of his own corporation.

(courtesy of James Cohan)

Xu Zhen had solo exhibitions at venues such as Kunsthaus Graz; Long Museum, Shanghai; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Kunsthalle Bern; S.M.A.K., Gent; and Beyeler Fondation, Basel.. Group exhibitions include Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris, Biennale de Lyon; Hayward Gallery, London; Performa, New York; and the biennales Istanbul, Lyon, Sydney and Venice Biennale.

Xu Zhen is represented by the following galleries;
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Nathalie Obadia, Paris / Brussels

James Cohan, New York  

Shangh Art, Shanghai / Bejing / Singapore  

Long March Space, Beijing  

Also have a look at MAdeIn’s website

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