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Xing Danwen (Chinese, b.1967)
LOT ID: 77406
Urban fiction no. 19, 2006

Chromogenic Print (C-print), digitially manipulated c-print
31.5 х 40.5 in. (80.01 x 102.87 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, by the artist with seal and edition number, title in English.
Edition of 8
Lot description
"Urban fiction no. 19" is a stunning, large-scale color photography by international acclaimed Chinese Contemporary artist Xing Danwen from her world-famous "Urban Fiction" Series from 2004-06. This photograph measures 31.50 x 40.5 inches (80 x 103 cm), is unframed, from an edition of 8 and is in excellent condition. This is the first edition of this photograph to ever come to international auction as a single lot.
In this Series, Xing addresses the reshaping our urban environment and the new vision of contemporary life in China- which celebrates the “new” constantly replacing the “old.” The architectural structures photographed in this Series are all actual maquettes from architectural firms made to promote real-estate developments in China that are being planned today, some of the buildings already exist, and others will soon begin construction. The "Urban Fiction" series also explores the rise in personal wealth in China, as living spaces expand with the growth of income, Chinese city-scapes becomes more dense, filled with high-rise towers. People live in cubes squeezed next to one another, separated only by thin walls. This physical proximity, instead of leading to greater closeness and intimacy between people, can often create psychological distance and loneliness.

Xing Danwen (China. B. 1967) has spent her life living and working abroad, discerning the notion of the globalization of the Contemporary art world. The artist moved to New York in the early 2000's and studied at the School for Visual Arts. Xing Danwen was born in Xi'an China, and graduated with a BFA in 1992 from Central Academy of Fine Arts, and an MFA in 2000 from the School of Visual Arts. Xing Danwen exhibits domestically and internationally, and has work held in the following Museum collections: The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, US; The Pompidou Center, Paris, France; The International Center for Photography, US; The Victoria and Albert Museum, U.K, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) amongst others. Notable solo shows in 2012 and recent years include: 2012-"Xing Danwen", Poligono Gallery, Marbella, Spain. 2010: "A Personal Diary", Haines Gallery, San Francisco, USA; "Chinese Modernism and U.S. Vernacular-Xing Danwen & Jim Vecchi", artCHITECTURE Center Houston Foundation, USA; "Seeing Utopia, Past and Future-Xing Danwen & Wang Di", Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, USA; "A Personal Diary, Modern Chinese Art Foundation", Gent, Belgium. 2009: "In A Perfect World, Ooi Botos Gallery", Hong Kong; "A Round Trip", Galerie SOLLERTIS, Toulouse, France. The artist lives and works in Beijing.
Urban fiction no. 19 by Xing Danwen
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