Cai Guo-Qiang - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Mezzanine Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; acquired by the present owner from the Mezzanine Gallery

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot comprises five charcoal rubbings that the artist made from the surface of his work "Nontransparent Monument," a nine-panel green limestone relief sculpture that was exhibited as part of "Cai Guoqiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument" on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Roof Garden from April 25 - October 29, 2006. The sculpture depicts scenes of post-September 11 life including Osama bin Laden, the Three Gorges Dam, Hurricane Katrina, and the war in Iraq. Interspersed among these contemporary events are traditional auspicious Chinese motifs such as chrysanthemums, pine boughs, and a phoenix and dragon duo. Each sculpture panel measures approximately 108 x 43 in. (274.3 x 109.2 cm); the rubbings featured in the present lot reproduce specific sections of each panel.


Five Works: Nontransparent Monument

Five charcoal rubbings on handmade paper.
Approximately 93 1/2-72 x 51 in. (237.5-182.9 x 129.5 cm) each.
Signed, numbered of 20 and dated "guoqiang cai 2006" along the lower edge of each. The work with the row of figures lining the lower edge is embossed with the Mezzanine Gallery seal "The Mezzanine Gallery The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York" lower right. This work is from an edition of 20.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $19,200

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York