Zhang Dali  (Chinese, 1963) 

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Zhang Dali (Chinese, b.1963) was born in Harbin, China, and studied at the Beijing Academy of Art & Design. After finishing school, he travelled to Italy, where he discovered Graffiti Art. In the 1990s, he was the only Graffiti artist in Beijing. Zhang became known for the 2,000 giant profiles he created of himself—completed between 1995 and 1998—seen throughout Beijing. The profiles of his bald head were intentionally placed alongside chai characters, which were painted by city officials as a way to indicate demolition. These images became subject of a media debate in 1998.

From 2003 until 2005, Zhang portrayed 100 life-sized resin sculpture of immigrant workers posed in numerous postures. Each sculpture or “worker” had a designated number, the artist’s signature, and the title, Chinese Offspring, tattooed to each of their bodies. Hung upside down, these sculptures commented on the fragility and uncertainty of life, as well as the lack of power these immigrant workers hold to change their own fates. Aside from Keith Haring (American, 1958–1990) and Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956), Zhang was one of the only artists to appear on the cover of Time magazine. He has exhibited his work at the International Center for Photography in New York, Courtyard Gallery in Beijing, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo. In 2006, Zhang participated in the Gwangju Biennale in Korea. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

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Zhang Dali, AK-47

 

Zhang Dali
AK-47
2011

Stern Pissarro Gallery
Zhang Dali, Untitled

 

Zhang Dali
Untitled
2012

Gallery Automne
Zhang Dali, Untitled

 

Zhang Dali
Untitled
2012

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Zhang Dali, Untitled

 

Zhang Dali
Untitled
2012

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Zhang Dali, Untitles

 

Zhang Dali
Untitles
2012

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Zhang Dali, Untitled

 

Zhang Dali
Untitled
2012

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Zhang Dali, Solgan (C6)

 

Zhang Dali
Solgan (C6)
2008

Klein Sun Gallery
Zhang Dali, Rising Pigeons

 

Zhang Dali
Rising Pigeons
2011

Klein Sun Gallery
Zhang Dali, New People

 

Zhang Dali
New People
2008

Klein Sun Gallery
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Zhang Dali, 莲

 

Zhang Dali
, 2013
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Zhang Dali, 1999/7

 

Zhang Dali
1999/7, 1999
chromogenic print

 

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Zhang Dali, Space Demolition

 

Zhang Dali
Space Demolition, 2004
Chromogenic print

 

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1963   Born in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
1987   Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Beijing
  Currently lives and works in Beijing
2013   “RE-INK: Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2013   “The nature of Things”, Gallery Magda Danysz Shanghai, China
2013   “Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art,” Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
2013   “Chinese Independent Art Exhibition: Never Presented Voices,” Venice, Italy
2013   “Second History,” Luxun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang, China (solo)
2012   “Zhang Dali Retrospective,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2012   “Faking It: Manipulating Photography Before Photoshop,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2012   “OMEN 2012 – Chinese New Art,” Shanghai Art Museum (Meishuguan), Shanghai, China
2012   “Raze,” Peking Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2012   “The Unseen,” The 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2012   “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture,” The Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI
2011   “New Photography 2011,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2011   “Speech Matters,” The 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2011   “Black and White,” Zero Art Museum, Beijing, China
2011   “The Life and Death of Buildings,” Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
2011   “Relationship,” Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2011   “World’s Shadows,” Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China (solo)
2011   “Demolition: Second History,” The Charles Shain Library, Connecticut College, New London, CT (solo)
2011   “New Slogan,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2011   “Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China," Blackbridge Hall Gallery, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
2011   “Guanxi: Contemporary Chinese Art,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2011   “Start from the Horizon: Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978,” Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, China
2011   “Self Camera,” Changwon Asia Art Festival, Seongsan Art Hall, Changwon, South Korea
2011   “The Evolving Art,” Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2010   “Extreme Reality,” Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Center, Chonqing, China (solo)
2010   “Zhang Dali: A Second History,” Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (solo)
2010   “Is the World Real?” 6th Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
2010   “The Original Copy: Photography of a Sculpture, 1839 to Today,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2010   “Exhibition Exhibition,” Castello di Rivoli Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
2010   “Four Dimensions,” Hong Kong Photo Festival, Hong Kong, China
2010   “Zhang Dali: A Second History,” 41st Edition of Les Recontres d’Arles,” Espace Van Gogh, Arles, France
2010   “A Decade-Long Exposure,” Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
2010   “Dimensionality,” Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China
2010   “Great Performance,” Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
2010   “Ame de Chine,” Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, France
2010   “From New York to Beijing: Graffiti - Blogging in the Street - Blade and Zhang Dali,” C-Space, Beijing, China
2010   “Re-Visioning History,” OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
2010   “Reshaping History - Chinart from 2000-2009,” National Conference Center, Beijing, China
2010   “China’s Soul,” Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, France
2010   “Zhang Dali Solo Show,” Magda Danysz / Bund 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
2009   “Pervasion: Works by Zhang Dali (1995-2008),” He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China (solo)
2009   “Il Sogno Proibito della Nuova Cina,” Palazzo Inghilterra, Turin, Italy (solo)
2009   “Chasing Flames,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY
2009   “Quadrilogy: Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity,” DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2009   "Calligraffiti: ‘Writing’ in Contemporary Chinese and Chicano Art," Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
2009   “Re-imaging Asia,” The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
2009   “Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers,” Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2009   “Chinese Prints,” Pace Prints, New York, NY
2009   “The Very Condition,” Wall Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009   “Images from History,” Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2009   “Collision,” Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
2009   “Transforming Traditions,” Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, CO
2009   “From Style Writing to Art – Street Art Group Show,” 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China
2008   “Slogans,” Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2008   “The Road to Freedom,” Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2008   “Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers,” Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
2008   “Five Years of Duolun,” Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2008   “The Revolution Continues: New Art From China,” Saatchi Museum, London, UK
2008   “Logan Collection,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2008   “China Gold,” Musee Maillol, Paris, France
2008   “Zhang Dali and Shen Shaomin,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY
2008   “The Avant-garde in the ‘80s and ‘90s of the Last Century in China,” Groningen Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
2008   “Guang Hua Road,” Michael Schultz Gallery, Beijing, China
2008   “Exquisite Corpse: China Surreal,” M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
2008   “Go China!” Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands
2008   “Re-Imagining Asia: Asian Coordinates,” House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2007   “Chinese Offspring,” Chinese Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007   “All of our Tomorrows: The Culture of Camouflage,” Kunstraum der Universität, Lünenburg, Germany
2007   “Unexpected: Out of Control,” Ku Art Center, Beijing, China
2007   “China Now,” Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007   “Red Hot,” Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2007   “Three Unitary,” DDM, Shanghai, China
2007   “La Cina e’ vicina,” Mediterranea Gallery, Palermo, Italy
2007   “Past Forward,” Oriental Vista Art Collections, Shanghai, China
2006   “Zhang Dali: Image and Revision in New Chinese Photography,” Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN (solo)
2006   “A Second History,” Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2006   “Zhang Dali: A Second History,” Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2006   “Radar: Selections from the Collection of Kent and Vicki Logan,” Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2006   “China Now,” Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
2006   “Fever Variations,” 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
2006   “Red Star,” 798 Factory Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China
2006   “Great Performance,” Max Protetch, New York, NY
2005   “Sublimation,” Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2005   “Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition,” Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, Netherlands
2005   “Wall,” Millennium Museum, Beijing, China
2005   “Mayfly,” Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China
2005   “The Game of Realism,” Beijing Commune Gallery, Beijing, China
2004   “New Works by Zhang Dali,” Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, England (solo)
2004   “Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China,” International Center of Photography, New York, NY; Asia Society, New York, NY; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
2004   “Critical Mass,” Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Beijing, China
2004   “Me! Me! Me!” The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
2004   “Regeneration,” Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
2003   “AK-47,” Galleria Il Traghetto, Venice, Italy (solo)
2003   “AK-47,” Galleria Gariboldi, Milan, Italy (solo)
2003   “The Logan Collection,” Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2003   “China-Germany Art,” Factory 798, Beijing, China
2003   “Festival Internazionale di Roma,” L'Officina-Arte del Borghetto, Rome, Italy
2002   “Beijing’s Face,” Base Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   “Headlines,” Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2002   “New Photography from China,” The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
2002   1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2002   International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
2002   “Asia in the World,” ARCO, Madrid, Spain
2001   “Courtyard Gallery August Group Show,” The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
2001   “China Art Now,” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2001   “Contemporary Chinese Photography,” Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, Finland
2001   “Contemporary Chinese Photography,” Finland Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
2001   “Hot Pot,” Kunstnernes, Oslo, Norway
2000   “AK-47,” The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2000   Dialogue, ShangHai, CourtYard Gallery, Beijing, China
2000   “Fuck Off,” Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
2000   “Artistes Contemporains Chinois,” Musee des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence, France
2000   “Thought Brand Meat Mincer,” Dongsi 8 Tiao Performance, Beijing, China
2000   “Food as Art,” Club Vogue, Beijing, China
2000   “Serendipity,” The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, Japan
1999   “Dialogue,” Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1999   “Dialogue and Demolition,” The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
1999   “Transparence Opacite?” Valle d’Aosta, Italy
1999   “Food for Thought,” Eindhoven, Netherlands
1999   “Beijing in London,” ICA, London, UK
1999   “HSIN: a visible spirit,” Cypress College & BC Space Gallery, Cypress, CA
1999   “The World Is Yours!” Design Museum Performance, Beijing, China
1999   “Unveiled Reality-Chinese Contemporary Photography,” Chulalongkom University Museum, Bangkok, Thailand
1999   “Chinese Contemporary Photography,” Bard College, Red Hook, NY
1998   “Chinese Artists Group Show,” Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, UK
1998   “Chinese Contemporary Photography,” Lehman College, New York, NY
1998   11th Tallinn Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia
1998   “Urbanity,” Wang Shou Temple Art Museum, Beijing, China
1998   “W ²+ Z ²- Multi-media and video Exhibition,” Gallery of the National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1997   Academy of Fine Arts, Gallery of the National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1995   “La Formazione della Terra,” Goethe Institute Gallery, Turin, Italy
1994   “Graphic Arts Experimentation,” Laboratory, Bologna, Italy
1994   “Rivoluzione e Violenza,” Galleria Studio 5, Bologna, Italy (solo)
1993   “Zhang Dali: Pitture a Inchiostro,” Galleria Studio 5, Bologna, Italy (solo)
1993   “Arte Deperibile,” Spazio Cultura Navile, Bologna, Italy
1993   “Zona Internazionale,” Neon Gallery, Bologna, Italy
1992   “Collettiva di artisti cinesi,” Il Sigillo Gallery, Padova, Italy
1991   “Pittura su Carta,” Galleria Communale, Ferrara, Italy
1989   “Wash Painting Salon in Peking,” Capital Museum, Beijing, China
1989   “Wash Painting Exhibition by Zhang Dali,” Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
1987   “Three Men Show,” Sun Yat Sen Park, Beijing, China
  21c Museum, Louisville, KY, USA
  Asia Society, New York, NY, USA
  AW Asia Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA
  Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA
  Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
  Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, USA
  Smart Museum, Chicago, IL, USA
  FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
  The Saatchi Collection, London, UK
2007    China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007.