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Zhang Dali (Chinese, b.1963)
LOT ID: 68320
Untitled ("Dialogue and Demolition" Series), 1995

Inkjet Print, on canvas
10.5 х 16 in. (26.67 x 40.64 cm.)
Signed, in Pinyin and Chinese and dated in black ink marker
Print/Casting Year 1995
Edition Unique.
Foundry/Publisher The Artist.
Lot description
This is one of the most defining and visually arresting images from renowned Chinese performance, street art, and mixed media artist Zhang Dali's world-famous "Dialogue and Demolition" Series of color photographs. In both of these Series, Zhang defiantly spray-paints his iconic self-portrait across the crumbling brick and mortar walls of an abandoned buildings 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. This unique edition and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the studio of the artist. The work is stretched, unframed and in excellent condition. This work was acquired directly from the present owner from the Artist.

In 1989, Zhang Dali (whose "Street" names have been "18K" and now "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, which became the visual focus of his photographic series, as this images attests. 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.


Zhang's 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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