Denim, Acrylic, Gold Foil & Cigarettes on canvas
48 x 72 inches (122 x 183 cm)
Injecting pop-cultural relevance into striking depictions of death and rebirth, Korakrit Arunanondchai appropriates two classic American exports, blue jeans and cigarettes, to explore the rise of Western culture in the artist’s native Thailand. In Untitled 2, raw denim has been bleached and mangled, melding the artist's performative practice with the expressionistic tenor of Post-War American painters and traditional mudmee dyeing.
With his first solo museum show before age 30—at MoMA PS1, no less—Korakrit Arunanondchai is poised to surpass the legacy of his teacher, Rirkrit Tiravanija. Last year his work was featured in major exhibitions at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and ICA London. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Arunanondchai is represented by C-L-E-A-R-I-N-G in Brussels and New York as well as Carlos/Ishikawa in London.
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