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Zeng Fanzhi (Chinese, b.1964)
LOT ID: 69455
Mask Series (from The Giants of Contemporary Chinese Art portfolio), 2005

Screenprint, on paper
29.15 х 21.65 in. (74.04 x 54.99 cm.)
Signed, and numbered on print
Print/Casting Year 2005
Edition 99
Foundry/Publisher Keumsan Printmaking Studio
Lot description
"Mask Series", (2005) is a color silkscreen print loose as issued, from edition of 99, unframed and in excellent condition. The artist's most coveted works belong to his so-called 'Mask' series of portraits, that includes this print, where Zeng covers the faces of his figures in white, literally masking their facial features, leaving mouths and large intense eyes exposed, to communicate the psyche and emotional state of his figures. The man's physical form is further concealed from the viewer in the hooded red robe, a color the artist admittedly employs in his works to refer to Communist China. This print is in pristine condition and has never been framed.

Zeng Fanzhi is arguably the most important Chinese Contemporary artist working today, internationally sought-after for his figural paintings and works on paper depicting Chinese men and women of the 1990s. In May 2008, the artist set a milestone with his painting, "Mask Series 1996 No. 6", that sold for $9.7 million at auction. His figural and abstract work has been in many Museum exhibitions, including the First Triennial of Chinese Arts at Guangzhou Art Museum, China, at the Bonn Kunstmuseum in Germany and at Pierre Cardin in Paris amongst many others. He recently had a major solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery-Hong Kong, September-November 2011.
Man in Robe (from The Giants of Contemporary Chinese Art portfolio) by Zeng Fanzhi
  • Man in Robe (from The Giants of Contemporary Chinese Art portfolio) by Zeng Fanzhi
  • Man in Robe (from The Giants of Contemporary Chinese Art portfolio) by Zeng Fanzhi
  • Man in Robe (from The Giants of Contemporary Chinese Art portfolio) by Zeng Fanzhi
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