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Zhang Xiaogang (Chinese, b.1958)
LOT ID: 71924
Untitled (Portrait of a Man) from the "Amnesia and Memory" Series, 2006

Screenprint, Offset lithograph, offset lithograph and screenprint in colors, on Somerset 300g paper, with full margins
31.3 х 23.3 in. (79.5 x 59.18 cm.)
Signed, dated with edition number all lower front margins in graphite.
Edition 84 of 88
Foundry/Publisher Gallery Artside, Beijing and Seoul
Lot description
This work is printed on 300g Somerset velvet paper, measures 31.30 x 23.30 inches, and in excellent condition. This is edition 84 of 88. This poignant portrait of a man with eyes closed, grey skies to his back, is one of the most iconic images by internationally acclaimed Chinese Contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang. This print belongs to Zhang's formal "Amnesia and Memory" Series that consists of 12 different prints. The artist is best known for sombre, yet somehow dreamy and poignant, paintings and prints of families, children and surreal narratives. False colors and often surreal incongruous elements belie the consistent, smoothed simplified features of the original source imagery for his work, namely conservative black and white vintage "studio portraits" of families popular in China before the days of the Cultural Revolution. With the widespread disappearance of the “family portrait” during the Cultural Revolution, Zhang's portraits and compositions of objects that occupied his home-life as a child are steeped in memory, nostalgia and loss.

Zhang Xiaogang was born in 1958 in China and is indisputably one of the most recognizable and significant Contemporary Chinese artist working today, and he has enjoyed this status since the earliest days of the international art market in China, now formally represented by the elite Pace Gallery. A painting by the artist recently set a record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a Contemporary Chinese painting.
Untitled (Portrait of a Man) from the Amnesia and Memory Portfoilio by Zhang Xiaogang
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