The History of Chinese Art and A Concise History of Modern Painting Washed in a Washing Machine for Two Minutes (《中国绘画史》和《现代绘画简史》在洗衣机里搅拌了两分钟 ). Huang Yong Ping (黄永砯). 1987/1993.
Born in Xiamen, China in 1954, Huang Yong Ping is a contemporary artist now living in France. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, and Joseph Beuys, Huang has always created radical art, beginning with his graduation paintings created with industrial spray, and including his participation in the Xiamen Dada movement that began in 1986. In The History of Chinese Art and A Concise History of Modern Painting Washed in a Washing Machine for Two Minutes, Huang takes Herbert Read’s 1968 book A Concise History of Modern Painting, which, despite its title, only covers Western art, and Wang Bomin’s The History of Chinese Painting and places them inside a washing machine until they combine into an illegible pulp, which is then placed on top of a tea crate. One of many things that Huang has washed, this artwork attempts to destroy the distinctions between Eastern and Western art, and between traditional and modern art.