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Wang Lin (Chinese, b.1974)
LOT ID: 84082
The Vitruvian Man: Gobi 1 KM , 2009

Chromogenic Print (C-print), on photo paper
39.36 х 39.36 in. (99.97 x 99.97 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, by the artist.
Print/Casting Year 2009
Edition of 8
Lot description
"The Vitruvian Man: Gobi 1 KM " (2009) is a visually arresting color photograph from the Series "Gobi 1 KM" that documents the Chinese Contemporary artist Wang Lin (China, b. 1974) in midst of a larger performance piece. This work measures 39.36 x 39.36 inches (100 x 100 cm), is from an edition of 8 and is in excellent condition.

In this work, Wang has traversed 1 kilometer of the Gobi desert while nude and has hand-painted a line of red pigment paint across its snowy surface, upon which he lies, stands, or kneels. The red line, of course, had many meanings here--the color of Communist China, as well as the artist's generational blood line, his heritage, and as a nod to centuries of Chinese history, art, tradition. The artist here is photographed from a bird's eye view lying on the red line, in the pose of Leonardo da Vinci's famous "Vitruvian Man", literally intersecting its path with his own body, thus connecting his birth and life-cycle to the blood-red "life line", to China itself, as well as an an individual
The Vitruvian Man: Gobi 1 KM by Wang Lin
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