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Tian Taiquan (Chinese, b.1960)
LOT ID: 74830
Sacrifice《祭》No. 13, 2007

Chromogenic Print (C-print), Digital color c-print on paper
47.25 х 59 in. (120.02 x 149.86 cm.)
Inscribed, signed, on photograph by the artist.
Print/Casting Year 2007
Edition 8
Lot description
"Sacrifice《祭 No.13" (2007) is considered the most important and unabashedly intense images of large-scale color photographs by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Tian Taiquan's iconic "Sacrifice" series. The location here is an actual, famous graveyard in Beijing, China, and is the setting for most of the photographs from his "Sacrifice" Series. As if a worn and weathered statue or grave marker, a nude figure of a young woman appears upside-down propped against the cemetery wall, the amount of time that she has remained in place, forgotten is underscored by the lush, dark green ivy vines that grow up and around her and climb up the wall she is propped against. Tian uses this beautiful, but forgotten nude figure as a stunning allegory, representing the Spirit of all of the individuals whose lives were lost during the troubled and turbulent times in China's recent history. This work is from an edition of 8, unframed in excellent condition and measures 47.25 x 59 inches (120 x 150 cm)

A pioneer of the 'Cynical Realist' movement of artists from his generation, Tian uses his work to critique the internal politics and agenda that defined the Mao-era and events such as the "Cultural Revolution" which he experienced as a young man. Tian Taiquan (b. 1960, China) continues to be one of the most relevant photographers from the Chinese Avant-Garde generation of artist. His photographs, especially from the "Sacrifice" series, have been the subject of Gallery and Museum exhibitions such as "Seek and Hide, Tian Taiquan Solo Exhibition," Cultural Arts Museum, Beijing, China and "Foreordination and Transcendence" Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Singapore. The artist graduated from the prestigious Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China in 1988 and was a Resident Artist at Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Centre, China.
Sacrifice《祭》No. 13 by Tian Taiquan
  • Sacrifice《祭》No. 13 by Tian Taiquan
  • Sacrifice《祭》No. 13 by Tian Taiquan
  • Sacrifice《祭》No. 13 by Tian Taiquan
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