Thus we see that Untitled is indeed an extremely important and special work from this artist’s career. The painting was created in 2007-2008, and it is the last work Wang completed before relocating from Shanghai to Beijing. Untitled is undoubtedly a commentary on the highly commercialised metropolis of Shanghai. The background of the tableau appears to be a light-box that spells out the characters 广告 (“advertisement”). The foreground features two paper-cut silhouettes: on the right, a beggar on his knees, and on the left, a benefactor with a briefcase. In front of the formidable background formed by the “advertisement” light-box, the two silhouettes encapsulate the indifference and ruthlessness of the city. “If someone gives him money, he will keep on kneeling, like a statue, as if his soul is not present there but instead immersed in some distant place”, the artist said, recalling his original inspiration for this painting.
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