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金碗 (Golden Bowl)
  • Du Kun
    born 1981
    born: Pengxi County, Sichuan, China ; active: China
  • 金碗 (Golden Bowl), 2010
  • Where object was made: Beijing or Tianjin, China
  • oil on canvas
  • Object Height/Width: 130 x 260 cm
    Object Height/Width: 51 3/16 x 102 3/8 in
  • Courtesy of Fu Mude, Beijing, China
  • Not on display
  • EL2016.021
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia", 11-Nov-2016
Unpredictable, extreme weather is inextricably linked with climate change, one of the distinguishing markers of the Anthropocene, or “the Human Age.” Du Kun’s painting envisions one of the more terrifying manifestations of climate change: an ominous superstorm. A 2010 report from the National Research Council asserts “there is a strong, credible body of evidence, based on multiple lines of research, documenting that climate is changing and that these changes are in large part caused by human activities.” Yet the irony of climate change in the Anthropocene, as environmental lawyer Jedediah Purdy observes, is that “the more we understand and the more our power increases, the more our control over nature seems a precarious fantasy.”