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Zhu Ming (Chinese, b.1972)
LOT ID: 74829
Untitled (2003.3.9) In Sydney, 2003

Chromogenic Print (C-print), on paper
47.25 х 69.3 in. (120.02 x 176.02 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, on the front lower right, "Zhu Ming Untitled (2003.3.9) In Sydney".
Print/Casting Year 2003
Edition 8
Lot description
Internationally acclaimed for his vast series of "bubble" performances and large-scale color photographs of these performances, Chinese Contemporary, multi-media artist Zhu Ming deals with the passage of time, extreme physical conditions, social isolation, and futility in the efforts of global communication. "Untitled (2003.3.9) In Sydney" (2003) is a stunning and serene color photograph that documents one such 'bubble' performance off the coast of Sydney, Australia and is one of Zhu's most famous and sought-after images. This photograph captures the artist sitting peacefully as he floats inside a large, transparent plastic bubble that is gradually filling with water, intentionally imbuing his performance with the sense of the eternal passage of time and the eternal cycle of life. With his own body covered in fluorescent paint, the artist writes on the interior surface of the ball with traditional Chinese ink and brushes, words that nearly instantly disappear from the walls of the bubble due to the atmospheric conditions within his transparent confines. This work measures 47.25 x 69.30 inches unframed and is in excellent condition.

Zhu Ming brilliantly addresses rebellion and tradition in his art through the ephemeral quality of his performances, and the unnatural invisible constraints and fragile divisions of Chinese society. His bizarre bubbles create an alternative space between the inner and natural world. Zhu Ming (China, B. 1972) lives and participated in the Beijing East Village experimental societies in the 1990’s, and participated in group performances produced, despite the rigid social conformity of the era. Ming’s list of awards include Sharjah International Biennial 6th, Contemporary Art Prize, and the United Arab Emirates Overseas Exchange Prize of Inward Gazes: Documentaries of Chinese Performance Arts. The artist has been included in large projects by the Tate Museum and Ullens Project, and has had international exhibitions at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Modern art Museum of Korea, China National Art Gallery in Beijing, and China Modern Art Commemoration Exhibition in Berlin, Germany.
Untitled (2003.3.9) by Zhu Ming
  • Untitled (2003.3.9) by Zhu Ming
  • Untitled (2003.3.9) by Zhu Ming
  • Untitled (2003.3.9) by Zhu Ming
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