The Pace Gallery, in partnership with Blum & Poe (Los Angeles) and White Cube (London), is pleased to announce the debut of Zhang Huan’s monumental sculpture Hero No. 1 at Art Unlimited, the pioneering exhibition platform presented in conjunction with Art Basel on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. The following day, The Pace Gallery will take part in the 41st edition of the prestigious Basel Art Fair, which is on view from June 16 – 20, 2010.
Located at Booth B20 in Hall 2.0, The Pace Gallery will feature works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Donald Judd, Jeff Koons, Li Songsong, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Robert Ryman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Zhang Xiaogang, among other artists. Three ash on linen paintings by Zhang Huan will also be on view in the booth.
Weighing nearly 5 tons and measuring over 16 feet tall and 32 feet wide, Hero No. 1 is composed of cowskin, steel, wood and polystyrene foam. The ox hides covering the sculpture are connected to Zhang Huan’s childhood in the Henan Provence of China, where oxen populated the villages and were central to everyday life. In his artist statement, Zhang writes, “Hero No. 1 is born from the primitive passions that inform our future and expresses our wish for rebirth from deep within us. Everybody is his own hero and a part of the biological evolution.”
The Pace Gallery produced an iPhone app for Zhang Huan: Hero No. 1 that is now available worldwide in the iTunes store. Serving as a virtual exhibition catalogue, the app documents the creation of Hero No. 1, utilizing materials that were previously unavailable to the general public, such as never-before-seen images of the installation process. The app also features information on Zhang Huan’s public art installation in San Francisco, California, his current exhibition Free Tiger Returns to Mountains at Pace Beijing, China, and images of the ash paintings that will be on view in the gallery’s booth at the fair. Additional information on the iPhone app is available at http://a.toura.com/961.
A selection of works that will be featured at the gallery’ booth at Art | 41 | Basel is highlighted below.
For more information on the gallery’s participation in Art Basel or Zhang Huan’s Hero No.1 at Art Unlimited please contact Jennifer Benz Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Staub at email@example.com. Also visit us online at http://www.thepacegallery.com.