The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, May 21, 2018

China photography provocateur Ren Hang dies at 29
Ren's self-titled photobook -- his first -- featuring major works from 2008 through 2015 was published by Taschen on January 20.

BEIJING.- One of China's most promising and provocative young photographers, Ren Hang, has died aged 29, his gallery confirmed Saturday.

The artist was known for racy nude shots of his friends in which genders blur and limbs intertwine.

His gallery, Hong Kong-based Blindspot, confirmed the death to AFP.

Born 1987 in Changchun city of northeastern Jilin province, the Beijing-based, self-taught artist gained recognition abroad even while his work was censored at home, where the ruling Communist party bans what it deems "pornographic".

Ren had long grappled with depression, a struggle that he chronicled in poetry and prose online.

"Every year, the wish I make is the same: to die earlier," he said in one of his final Weibo posts, published last month on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year.

"For so many years I have been trying to cure myself, splitting my one self into the two roles of doctor and patient," he wrote on his website last summer.

"If life is a bottomless abyss, when I jump, the endless fall will also be a form of flight."
Reports allege his passing was a suicide.

"My friend Ren Hang left us this morning in Berlin, I am sad and in shock," wrote Pierre Bessard of the Paris-based independent publishing house Editions Bessards Friday on his company's website.

Ren's self-titled photobook -- his first -- featuring major works from 2008 through 2015 was published by Taschen on January 20.

"There is no doubt that we have lost one of our era's best artists, a brave man," Vice China posted on their official account on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform.

"In his photographs and poems, he expressed admirable talent and honest heart; an artist can do no more."

© Agence France-Presse

Today's News

February 26, 2017

Princess Diana's iconic dresses on show at Kensington Palace for anniversary

Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king

Sistine chapel photographed in unprecedented detail

Stolen 'Work will set you free' gate returned to Dachau

Body of tortoise 'Lonesome George' returned to Galapagos Islands

China photography provocateur Ren Hang dies at 29

Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek hall removes souvenirs of former leader

Exhibition restores pioneering light artist to his rightful place in history of modern art

First retrospective in 20 years of master photographer Irving Penn opens at Nashville's Frist Center

Exhibition brings together exquisite Surrealist paintings by Rita Kernn-Larsen

First comprehensive exhibition on the work of Cesare Leonardi opens in Genova

Mitchell-Innes & Nash opens exhibition of new works by Monica Bonvicini

Major and historic works by this legendary ceramic artist Don Reitz on view at Lacoste Gallery

Nicolás Guagnini's second exhibition at Bortolami opens in New York

Foam opens exhibition of works by French photographer Stéphanie Solinas

'It's like tripping' says French artist entombed in rock

Sotheby's New York exhibits works from its Contemporary Curated auction

Original artworks by Demetre Chiparus and Julian Lange will lead Crescent City auction

Singapore renames WWII exhibition after outcry

Jeanne Silverthorne joins Marc Straus Gallery

Lawrence Weiner to receive 2017 Aspen Award for Art

Solo exhibition by Adriano Amaral opens at Vleeshal

Forced migration, trauma and remembrance in contemporary photography in new exhibition in Munich

Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam presents German artist Iris Schomaker with "Come to the Edge"

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful