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Huang Yong Ping  

Melissa Chiu

revised by Mael Bellec

(b Xiamen, Feb 19, 1954. d Ivry-sur-Seine, Oct 19, 2019).

Chinese installation artist, active also in France. Huang Yong Ping studied at the Zhejiang Fine Arts Academy (now the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou, graduating in 1982. In 1986 he became one of the founders of Xiamen Dada, a group of artists famous for having burned their paintings after an exhibition (e.g. Event, 1986). This performance event and the group’s other activities were part of a broader national trend—known as the 1985 New Wave Movement—when a younger generation of artists began to experiment with all manner of styles and influences from outside China. Inspired by Chan Buddhism, Dadaism, John Cage, and Joseph Beuys’s works, Huang Yong Ping stood out for his conceptual approach and professed wariness toward art as a set value and a predefined concept. This philosophy led him to notably use chance and divination methods in his creation processes (e.g. Roulette Wheel: Four Paintings Created According to Random Instructions...