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"Pilgrimage - Wind and water in New York #1" (1998) is a rare and highly-sought after photograph by Chinese Contemporary artist, Zhang Huan. This is the first edition of this photograph to come to international auction since 2008. This work is edition 11 of 15, measures 40 x 80 inches, is in excellent condition, unframed and flush mounted to aluminum. Another edition of this photograph was exhibited in 2003: "Kunstverein, Zhang Huan", Hamburg, Germany and again in 2008: "Zhang Huan: Altered States", Asia Society and Museum, New York.

In this work, Zhang Huan's first US performance, displays clear links to his own culture, namely the Chinese bed he lies on face-down, the domestic dogs grouped around the bed reference a more typically Western phenomenon. Describing how the performance (originally titled Fengshui) came about, Zhang Huan has said: "The use of dogs originates from my impression of New York. There are so many dogs in this city and they are very well taken care of--- what strikes me most about this city is the coexistence of different races and their culture." The cultural differences the artist experienced between himself and his new surroundings are the subtext of his performance.

Zhang Huan studied at the Art Academy of Henan before graduating in 1991 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Through photography, sculpture, performance art, painting, and prints, Zhang Huan is known for his pivotal works which often utilize his own body in painful practices to discuss moral, political, and ethical situations in Communist China. Whether wading through a pond, laying naked on a block of ice or covering himself in honey and flies, the artist employs meditation in order to overcome the performance rituals he executes in the name of art. Pushing the boundaries of the artistic approach, Zhang Huan tries to discover the threshold at which the spiritual manifests itself through the physical, with Buddhist philosophy and practices at the core of his .He currently divides his time between New York, Shanghai and Berlin. Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (California, USA)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Pennsylvania, USA)
Rubell Family Collection, (Miami, Florida, USA)
Saatchi Collection (London, UK)
Museum of Art Lucerne, (Lucerne, Switzerland)
The Pompidou Center, (Paris, France)
Museum of Contemporary Art, (Leon, Spain)
Center of Contemporary Art, (Malaga, Spain)
National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, AU)
The National Gallery of Australia, (Australia)
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (Israel)
Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai, CN)
Fukuoka Art Museum, (Japan)
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, (Tokyo, Japan)
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, (Tokyo, Japan)

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Publication: Another edition of this photograph: 2003: "Kunstverein, Zhan Huan", exh. cat., Hamburg, Germany, pp. 78-79 2008: "Zhang Huan: Altered States", Asia Society and Museum, exh. cat., New York, 2008, p.18..
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  • The Artist. Present Collection, Switzerland.
Another edition of this photograph was exhibited:
2003: "Kunstverein, Zhan Huan", Hamburg, Germany.
2008: "Zhang Huan: Altered States", Asia Society and Museum, New York.
  • Pickup Location: Hong Kong
  • Shipping Dimensions: 40 x 80 in. (101.6 x 203.2 cm.)
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