Pig (with Pigs 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Pig (with Pigs 1, 2, 3, and 4)

2004
Artist
Wenling Chen, Chinese, 1969-
Born: Fujian Province, China
Work Locations: Xiamen, China
Country
China
sculpture
Fiberglass resin
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2015.609A-E

© Wenling Chen

Dimensions
height: 86 5/8 in, 220.0275 cm; width: 55 1/8 in, 140.0175 cm; depth: 51 1/8 in, 129.8575 cm; height: 23 5/8 in, 60.0075 cm; width: 11 3/4 in, 29.8450 cm; depth: 11 3/4 in, 29.8450 cm
Edition
Pig in Edition of 5, Pigs 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Edition of 30
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

Chen Wenling is a contemporary Chinese Neo-Realist artist that uses traditional Chinese symbols, often pigs, in a surreal, ironic style. Wenling created the sculptural work Pig (with Pigs 1, 2, 3, and 4) as a metaphor for lazy, gluttonous, dirty, people living in the consumerist world of today. The laughing and snarling animals strike perverse poses to embody a satirical play of sexual and moral wickedness. The viewer reacts to Wenling’s visceral artworks by examining their own impulses to greed, gluttony, and sloth. 

Known Provenance
Purchased from the artist by Vicki and Kent Logan, 2006; gifted to Denver Art Museum 2015

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