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Zhang Dali (Chinese, b.1963)
LOT ID: 66501
Dialogue, No. 73, 2005

Chromogenic Print (C-print), framed and matted with archival materials
39.3 х 59 in. (99.82 x 149.86 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, and numbered on the reverse. This is edition 1 of 10.
Print/Casting Year 2005
Edition 1 of 10
Lot description
"Dialogue, No. 73" (2005) is a rare and highly important large-scale color photograph by famed Chinese artist Zhang Dali.
This photograph is in mint condition, and is custom framed with archival materials and in a elegant black frame.
Dimensions listed are for the actual size of the photograph. Dimensions as framed are larger than those listed. Please contact specialist for framing details.

This is one of the most defining and visually arresting images from Zhang Dali's world-famous "Dialogue" Series of color photographs. In "Dialogue No. 73", Zhang has defiantly spray-painted his iconic self-portrait three times across a crumbling brick and mortar wall of an abandoned building in the heart of Beijing, where older building are constantly being torn-down to make way for new, larger buildings and sky scrapers to accommodate the over 20 million inhabitants of the city..

In 1989, internationally renowned Chinese artist Zhang Dali (whose "Street" names have been "18K" and "AK-47") traveled to Italy in the 1980's, a culture that clearly embraces its architectural and artistic history. While there, he discovered the urban sprawl of graffiti, an event which altered his life and art, and eventually jump-started his career. It was in Italy that he first spray-painted the stylized image of his own bald head in profile, seen spray-painted here three times, which would later become the visual focus of his photographic series. Zhang returned to China in the early 1990's and began his "Dialogue and Demolition" photographic series that documents the massive social change that China has recently been experiencing. Graffiti is forbidden in China, and Zhang’s tag work on abandoned buildings marked for demolition is in itself a performance piece, with the spray paint acting the complete antithesis of traditional Chinese inks.

His photographs have been featured in many recent international Exhibitions including the 2011 Venice Biennale, and will be in the forth-coming Museum Exhibitions: “New Photography 2011,” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY and “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” in 2012 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. His photographs from this series are in elite US Public Collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY) and Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).
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