Previous LotNext lot

Zhao Bo (Chinese, b.1984)
LOT ID: 63889
Untitled, 2006

Acrylic, on canvas
59 х 59 in. (149.86 x 149.86 cm.)
Signed, with dimensions in cm on back of canvas in black marker.
Lot description
This large-scale painting, nearly five feet by five feet, is a tour-de force by Chinese contemporary artist Zhao Bo (B. 1974, Sichuan, China) whose works are famous for capturing the energetic and ironic themes of a modern China in a post-Mao world, exploring the clash between communism and capitalism with an explosive range of colors and characters. His work mocks the social realist propaganda of Communist China, inserting cartoonish renditions of the ideal Chinese worker. Instead of adoring their “revered” Chairman Mao and Communist principles, the figures in Zhao Bo’s work worship the items and luxury goods of mass consumerism. Zhao Bo captures the essence of the ludicrous, juxtaposing memorial arches and monuments with totems dedicated to fast food icons and cartoon characters. This work is unframed and in excellent condition.

Zhao Bo has exhibited at venues the world over including shows at the Art Museum of Yuangong (Shanghai, CN), Chinese Contemporary Gallery (London, UK), and the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO). Zhao Bo and artists of this generation of New Realism look to their immediate surroundings, most often urban life in the city streets in China, as their inspiration and produce works inspired by these scenes. Younger Chinese artists like Zhao are leading the way in re-contextualizing post-Cultural Revolution/Mao era imagery, growing up in what is being called China's "post-political society", where moral standards have loosened and private wealth has increased dramatically.
  • Condition Report
  • History and Provenance
  • Shipping Information
  • Payment and Return Policies
Alternate Views: 1 of 1
Share |
Add Zhao Bo to My Artist Alert
Receive email alerts as soon as artists you follow are up for sale. Update your artist watch list any time.

Additional Market Information

Please note that the auction comparables from 2007 are both for paintings at the closest 150 x 150 cm large-scale dimensions as this lot.

Sales Results for Comparable Works

  • Zhao Bo

    oil on canvas
    (H 43.3, W 39.4) in.
    (110 x 100) cm.
    Sold for: US$6,955
    Saturday, November 27, 2010
    United Asian Auctioneers
    Lot 00063
  • Zhao Bo

    Station no.1
    oil on canvas
    (H 39.4, W 39.4) in.
    (100 x 100) cm.
    Sold for: US$5,382
    Saturday, April 24, 2010
    Phillips de Pury & Company London
    Lot 00100
  • Zhao Bo

    oil on canvas
    (H 39.0, W 38.7) in.
    (99 x 98.4) cm.
    Sold for: US$8,321
    Thursday, December 11, 2008
    Christie's South Kensington
    Lot 00379
  • Zhao Bo

    Just sing it
    oil on canvas
    (H 59.1, W 51.2) in.
    (150 x 130) cm.
    Sold for: US$13,750
    Thursday, September 20, 2007
    Sotheby's New York
    Lot 00184
  • Zhao Bo

    The wonderful life
    oil on canvas
    (H 59.1, W 59.1) in.
    (150 x 150) cm.
    Sold for: US$28,000
    Thursday, September 20, 2007
    Sotheby's New York
    Lot 00185
artnet Auctions—Buy and sell art 24/7 worldwide. ©2014 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. All rights reserved. artnet® is a registered
trademark of Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Call for Assistance: US +1-877-388-3256, EU +49 (0)30 20 91 78 50