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Zhang Xiaogang (Chinese, b.1958)
LOT ID: 80998
Untitled (Portrait of a Boy) from the "Amnesia and Memory" Portfoilio , 2006

Screenprint, Offset lithograph, offset color lithograph with screenprint
31.3 х 23.3 in. (79.5 x 59.18 cm.)
Signed, dated, numbered all lower front margins in graphite.
Edition 84 of 88
Foundry/Publisher Gallery Artside, Beijing and Seoul
Lot description
This print of a Chinese baby boy wearing a white shirt and blue sweater vest is one of the most iconic images from the "Amnesia and Memory" Portfolio of 12 prints, that each demonstrate the stunning range of unique and poignant images by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang (China, b. 1958). This work is printed on 300g Somerset velvet paper, measures 31.30 x 31.30 inches, loose as issued, and in excellent condition. This is edition 84 of 88.

Zhang Xiaogang is best known for sombre, yet somehow dreamy and poignant, depictions of families, children and surreal narratives. The apparent similarities in all the portraits and object express the homogeneity and collectively Zhang saw as hallmarks of this time in Chinese history. However, false colors and often small incongruous elements belie the consistent, smoothed simplified features of the original source imagery for his work, the conservative black and white, often retouched vintage "studio portraits" of families popular in China before the days of the Cultural Revolution, giving only a glimpse of the individual behind the image.

The artist was born in a province capital in South western China, and was eight years old at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. Zhang Xiaogang is indisputably one of the most recognizable and significant Contemporary Chinese artist today, and he has enjoyed this status since the earliest days of the international art market in China. A painting by the artist recently set a record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a Contemporary Chinese painting. The artist currently has a major solo show at Pace Gallery NY, March-April 2013.
Untitled (Portrait of a Baby) from the Amnesia and Memory Portfoilio by Zhang Xiaogang
  • Untitled (Portrait of a Baby) from the Amnesia and Memory Portfoilio by Zhang Xiaogang
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