Two Sisters, from Big Family

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  • Artist Bio

    Zhang Xiaogang

    Chinese • 1958

    Relying on memory and inspired by family portraits from the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Zhang Xiaogang creates surreal, subtle artworks that explore the notion of identity in relation to the Chinese culture of collectivism. Using a muted, greyscale palette, Xiaogang repeatedly depicts a series of unnervingly similar figures, often dressed in identical Mao suits, to create an endless genealogy of imagined forebears and progenitors. Their somber, melancholy gazes are interrupted only by thin red bloodlines intimating familial links as well as occasional pale splotches of color resembling birthmarks.

    Xiaogang investigates how to express individual histories within the strict confines of a formula. His sitters, while appearing muted and compliant, are given physical exaggerations: oversized heads, tiny hands and long noses. These distortions imply stifled emotions and give a complex psychological dimension to the artist's work.

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Two Sisters, from Big Family

2003
Lithograph in colors, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 20 x 25 in. (50.8 x 63.5 cm)
S. 25 x 29 1/4 in. (63.5 x 74.3 cm)

Signed and numbered 46/199 in pencil, published by Kwai Po Collection, Hong Kong, framed.

Estimate
$2,500 - 3,500 

sold for $4,000

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 April 2019