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Zhang Xiaogang. (Chinese, B. 1957). "Untitled" (Two Feet, One Shoe). 2006.
From the formal "Amnesia & Memory" Portfolio. Silkscreen and color lithograph in colors, on Somerset 300g paper, loose (as issued), in excellent condition.

Chinese Contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang's paintings and prints continue to set records on the primary and secondary markets, especially his figural works. This image of one bright yellow leg and foot left bare, the other leg and in black and white, dressed in an un-laced black shoe and a black sock, with an elecrical extension cord with plug draped across both legs, is a surreal and sublime example of the figural imagery and compositions that make the prints of Zhang among the most sought-after Chinese Contemporary works, world-wide.

The artist was born in a province capital in South western China, and was eight years old at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. During this dangerous and turbulent time, the artist’s mother insisted he learn to draw in order to keep him inside as much as possible, hence the prints here of depicting hand to paper, often with ink spilled. Far from the original intention of hiding him from the world, this practice led Zhang Xiaogang to become indisputably one of the most recognizable and significant Contemporary Chinese artist today, and he has enjoyed this status since the earliest days of the international art market in China. According to Sotheby’s, “…these hallmark images have become nothing less than visual shorthand for the entire category known as ‘Chinese contemporary art’." A painting by the artist just set a record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a Contemporary Chinese painting.

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Provenance:
  • The Publisher. Present Collection, China.
  • Pickup Location: China
  • Shipping Dimensions: 21.9 x 29.3 in. (55.63 x 74.42 cm.)
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