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Gu Wenda

SILENT SELVES AND PSEUDO-CHARACTERS

Britta Erickson

GU WENDA, Cultural Wedding, 1999, performance, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Photograph Brenda Prager

The New York-based artist Gu Wenda has become one of the most high-profile members of the Chinese diaspora, his prominence fuelled by a combination of talent and drive with an affinity for controversy. Gu Wenda left China in 1987, after vowing he would conquer the art world within a certain number of years. Evidently, his determination and confidence in his own abilities were well founded: he has succeeded in becoming an…

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