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Zhang Huan (Chinese, b.1965)
LOT ID: 80675
Skin (20 works), 1997

Digital Print
15.9 х 20 in. (40.39 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed, signed, inscribed and titled in Chinese; dated and numbered '1997 12/25' (on a label on the reverse of each print), on each of the twenty works.
Print/Casting Year 1997
Edition 12 of 25
Lot description
"Skin (20 works)" (1997) by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Zhang Huan is a museum-level series of twenty 'serial self portrait' black and white photographs shot against a black backdrop and super-cropped, in which Zhang performs simple gestures to manipulate the physical look of his own face, such as holding his eyes shut with his two middle fingers, pulling out his tongue, or tugging the skin of his cheek. This formal series is edition 12 of 25, is unframed and in excellent condition. Dimensions for each of the twenty photographs are image size: 15.90 x 20 inches each (40.5 x 50.5 cm.)/ Paper size: 20 x 23.88 inches each (50.5 x 60.7 cm). The artist uses his body as medium here, without paint or canvas to address issues of the universal human condition as well as examination and self-identity.

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Through photography, sculpture, performance art, painting, and prints, Zhang Huan (B. 1965, Anyang, China) is known for his pivotal works which often employ his own body in painful practices to discuss moral, political, and ethical situations in Communist China. Pushing the boundaries of the artistic approach, Zhang Huan tries to discover the threshold at which the spiritual manifests itself through the physical. With Buddhist philosophy and practices at the core of his work, the artist is also known for stunning sculptures and paintings created from the ash of burnt incense found in temples. Collectively, Zhang Huan’s art reinforces the interconnectivity between shared human experiences and a complex lexicon of enlightenment and suffering.
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Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai, CN)
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Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
  • Skin (20 works) by Zhang Huan
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