AP 3/5 (regular edition of 15). Framed in heavy duty 48 x 67-1/2 in. contemporary white-washed frame with spacers and UV plexiglas. Mounted on di-bond.
Image Date: 1995
Print Date: 2006
Zhang Huan, who has often documented his performance art with photography, is one of the most important modern Chinese artists. Born in Henan in 1965 and affiliated with the group of Bejing East Village artists who became known for their performance art in the 1990s, Huan's first work took as its central theme an inquiry of his own body. The spectacular quality of his early performances secured his notoriety. In one instance, he coated his body with fish oil and honey and sat naked on a public toilet to attract flies. In another, he lay on a block of ice, his body heat melting the ice and leaving an impression of his form on the surface. This young artist had to initially flee China in 1998, coming to the U.S., but has now been invited to return by the Chinese government. This image of five stacked nude bodies is considered to be his signature piece. His work is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rose Art Museum, among many others. See: Minglau, Gao, The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, and the Millenium Art Museum, Beijing, p. 178; for color versions see: Yilmaz Dziewior, ed. Zhang Huan, Hatje Cantz, Kunstverei in Hamburg, Germany, 2003, p.53 and Supenow: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection (SFMoMA), no.47-48, pp.106-107. Shipping and insurance costs will be added to the price and must be paid for by the buyer. Pennsylvania and New York buyers must pay appropriate sales tax. International clients are responsible for their VAT and other custom's oriented charges.