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"Assemblée avec les têtes coupées" (1998) by Contemporary Chinese artist Li Tianbing is a one of a kind collaboration of 10 works consisting of 8 small canvases each measuring 16 x 13 inches, (41 x 33 cm) and two large canvases each measuring 64 x 51 inches (162 x 130 cm).The two large panels depict six uniformed headless statues standing with hands clasped in front. These figures are representations of the Tang Dynasty statues of foreign officials and ambassadors as one can see them today lining the main plaza of the Qianling tomb complex north of Xian in China’s Wei Valley. The smaller eight panels aligned above, include portrait heads of American superstar Marilyn Monroe and Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong surrounded by what appears to be early statue heads of Chinese warriors.

Imparting a sense of history with a weathered and aged effect that continues across all canvases, Marilyn Monroe and Chairman Mao are depicted alongside Tang Dynasty court official statues and presented as modern cross-cultural “ambassadors”.

Li Tianbing (B. 1974) is one of the most critically acclaimed Chinese-born artists of his generation. Born in Guilin, the capital city of China’s southern province of Guangxi, Li Tianbing graduated from L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris with the highest honors. Although a young artist, Li has produced a substantial body of work and has been exhibited throughout Asia as well as in New York, Switzerland, Prague, Paris, Australia and Spain. The artist currently lives and works in Paris.

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  • Present Collection, New York.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 80 x 102 in. (203.2 x 259.08 cm.)

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