Ethan Cohen Fine Art

Group Show: The Face of the Chinese Avant-Garde

Group Show: The Face of the Chinese Avant-Garde

2005.6.24 (baby and sun) by fang lijun

Fang Lijun

2005.6.24 (Baby and Sun), 2005

china girl by qi zhilong

Qi Zhilong

China Girl, 2009

ak-47 by zhang dali

Zhang Dali

AK-47, 2008

print #8 (i am a cow) by yue minjun

Yue Minjun

Print #8 (I Am a Cow), 2008

my memory no. 1 by zhang xiaogang

Zhang Xiaogang

My Memory No. 1, 2002

Tuesday, September 15, 2009Saturday, October 17, 2009


New York, NY USA

Currently, and through October 17th, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts is showcasing editioned work from some of the earliest Chinese Contemporary artists that launched China into the global art market. The exhibition will feature work from the artists:

Fang Lijun, Zhang Xiaogang, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun, Qin Feng, Zhang Dali and Qi Zhilong

It was the now iconic images from many of these artists that the world was first able to recognize the face of Chinese Contemporary Art. The Bloodline series by Zhang Xiaogang, the pop Great Criticism works by Wang Guangyi along with the bold portraits of Fang Lijun and Yue Minjun are still some of the most identifiable Chinese Contemporary Art images today.

One of the featured pieces of the exhibition is the brilliant scrolls from Fang Lijun’s 2005 series of woodcuts. These large panels centered with a “golden child” showcases the artists masterful use of bold lines and shapes to create powerful and poignant images. Currently Fang Lijun is having his 25 year retrospective at Germany’s Kunsthalle Bielefeld Museum.

Another work in the exhibition, Zhang Dali’s image of a young woman is actually created from his repeated early pseudonym, “AK-47”. Zhang renders his portrait in shades of grey creating from this powerful silk screen edition a conceptual exercise in both realism and abstraction.

Also among the featured artworks in the exhibition is a preview of Qi Zhilong’s newest silkscreen image “China Girl, 2009”. This powerful portrait of a young Chinese woman is set as a metaphor for the new China. She unabashedly looks at the world while wearing what looks like a military shirt and ponytails and makeup. Modern, pretty, a little defiant... but always still Chinese.

This exhibition offers a diverse menu of the creative vision of the Chinese Avant-Garde and focuses on how these individual artists found the Faces that make up their China.