ABOUT ARTIST

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Yang Mao-Lin rose in the art world during Taiwan’s turbulent 1980s. In his early work, he broke through taboos and challenged political and social authority, thus revealing an intense critical attitude. Brimming with tension, his exciting painting style and sensational visual imagery subtly echoed social and political transitions as Taiwan abandoned martial law in the 1980s. In the post-martial law period of the 1990s, as globalization gradually took shape and ties between internationalism and nativism grew more complex, Yang’s work shifted from political activism to historical and cultural retrospection. He appropriated the phrase “MADE IN TAIWAN” and used it as a title to broadly explore the expressive and critical potential of art forms and ideas from the perspectives of Taiwanese politics, history and culture.

“MADE IN TAIWAN” has been Taiwan’s international trademark and symbol of unique qualities for many years. Yang Mao-Lin appropriated this symbol to make a statement about Taiwan’s position and cultural identity, and to construct a system of icons that highlight subjectivity in Taiwanese art. In around 2000, he broadened his artistic vision by making three-dimensional artwork while continuing to explore topics related to Taiwanese culture. Also at this time, he started commenting on connections between local and imported culture by using a style adopted from comics and concepts of cultural hybridity. Essentially, he accomplished this with unexpected juxtapositions, and these unique and visually rich compositions mitigate the strong/weak power relations that arise when cultures collide, thus making the intention behind “MADE IN TAIWAN” all the more evident.

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1999LI Chun-Shen Foundation Modern Art Award
1991First Lion Art Creation Award
1985Initiator and First Chairman of Taipei Painting Society
1982Initiator of 101 Modern Art Group
1979Department of Fine Arts, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan
1953Born in Changhua City, Taiwan

 

Collections

1“ Jataka Tale of Extraordinary Love Vajradhara ”(2009), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2“ Jataka Tale of Beloved King Kong Vajradhara ”(2009), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
3“ Jataka Tale of Beloved Mermaid Vajradhara ”(2009), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
4“ Contemplative Peter Pan Bodhisattva Rides on Anotogaster Siebldii Selys ”(2008), Long Museum, Shanghai, China
5“ Mantis Captures the Toad ”(2007), Taiwan Art Bank, Taichung, Taiwan
6“ The Wonderland in Saha World of Maha ”(2005-2006) , National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
7“ The Wonderland in Saha World of Maha ”(2005-2006) , Sanlin Television Charity Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
8“ Ceremonies Before Rewarding-Inviting the Immortals III ”(2002-2005), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
9“ Tayouan Memorandum‧Born to be Together II ”(1999), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
10“ Rockman Defends The Earth ”(1998), Denver Art Museum, Colorado, U.S.A
11“ Fat Prick of Steel King Kong ”(1996), Sanlin Television Charity Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
12“ Tayouan Memorandum‧Dragon L9502 ” (1995), Yeh Rong Jai Culture & Art Foundation, , Hsinchu, Taiwan
13“ Tayouan Memorandum‧Separations ” (1995) , Sanlin Television Charity Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
14“ Lily Memorandum L9306 ”(1993), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
15“ Lily Memorandum L9303 ”(1993), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
16“ Zeelandia Memorandum L9302 ”(1993), Sanlin Television Charity Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
17“ Zeelandia Memorandum L9301 ”(1993), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
18“ Zeelandia Memorandum XL9302 ”(1993), YAGEO Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
19“ Zeelandia Memorandum XL9301 ”(1993), Sanlin Television Charity Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
20“ Yun Mountain Memorandum L9216 ”(1992), Yeh Rong Jai Culture & Art Foundation, , Hsinchu, Taiwan
21“ Yun Mountain Memorandum L9206 ”(1992), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
22“ Yun Mountain Memorandum XL9201 ”(1992), Wen Shew Collections, Taipei, Taiwan
23“ N Ways of Understanding Carrot VIII”(1991), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
24“ MADE IN TAIWAN‧Limbs-Trunk Sign Section IV”(1990), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
25“ Truth1989 ”(1989), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
26“ Behavior of Game Playing‧Fighting Section ”(1987), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
27“ Behavior of Game Playing‧Fighting Section I”(1987), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
28“ Graphic Hero II ”(1986), Sanlin Television Charity Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
29“ Graphic Hero I ”(1986), Wen Shew Collections, Taipei, Taiwan
30“ The Scene of the Killed Kun II ”(1986), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
31“ After Hor-yi Shooting the Sun ”(1986), Wen Shew Collections, Taipei, Taiwan