Zhang Huan: “½”, 1998 / 2008, chromogenic print, signed numbered, edition of 5, size: 115.5 x 97.7 cm. (45 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.). Price upon request
About this Artwork
Among the first Chinese artists to turn to performance art, Zhang Huan, a member of the “Beijing East Village” community, focused, in his early work, on submitting his naked body to extreme psychological and physical situations. Where do we come from? What Are We? Where are we going to? Of late, theatricality and narrative have played increasing larger roles in his work, as in a 1997 piece in which he commissioned a group of farmworkers to climb into a fish pond near Beijing, thus creating an image representing the flooding of cities by masses from the country.
About Zhang Huan
Zhang Huan is a contemporary Chinese visual artist who was born in 1965 in the Chinese province Honan. He was among the first artists in China who turned to performance art at the beginning of the 1990s. His artwork continues to explore the tragedies of the human condition and the spiritual essence of Buddhism. One of the foremost artists in China’s new wave, Zhang Huan creates personal and politicised work that encompasses performance art, photography, painting, installation and sculpture. Zhang Huan is a monograph assessing the impact of his explorations of identity, transgression and spirituality. It takes in his early, often extreme, performance art in China and New York – My New York for the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He was donning himself a suit sewn from raw beef, imitating the bodybuilders he had seen who tried to adopt an appearance of strength to hide their real weakness and unease – and then he takes us up to his laboriously created, deeply affected ash paintings and sculptures, created with incense ash collected from Shanghai temples. He has had numerous gallery and international museum exhibitions. Zhang Huan 1965 Born in An Yang City, He Nan Province, China. He lives and Works in Shanghai and New York. Education: 1993 MA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 1988 BA, He Nan University, Kai Feng, China.
More Artworks by Zhang Huan
Zhang Huan: ‘9 Works: Family Tree’, 2001, C-prints on Fuji Archival paper, edition of 8, signed numbered, size each: 50 x 40 in, Price upon request
Zhang Huan: ‘Shanghai Family Tree’, 2001, a set of nine color photographs, each: 100 x 151 cm / 39 3/8 x 59 1/2 in. Price upon request