Cang Xin - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    New York, International Center of Photography and Asia Society, June 11-September 5, 2004; Chicago, Smart Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art, October 2, 2004-January 16, 2005; Seattle Art Museum, February 10-May 15, 2005; London, Victoria & Albert Museum, September 15, 2005-January 15, 2006; Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, March 24-May 14, 2006 and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, July 1-September 17, 2006, Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (illustrated, p. 52)

  • Literature

    J. Clark, ed., Chinese Art at the End of the Millennium, Hong Kong, 2000, cover (illustrated); D. Huang, Q. Zhu, T. Chang, M. Maggio, B. Feng, et al., Cang Xin: Existence in Translation, Hong Kong, 2002 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lot 300's iconic image from the artist’s Communication series became the cover of the first critically acclaimed survey of avant-garde Chinese art, Chinese Art at the End of the Millenium. The photographs in this series feature the artist licking objects such as a candle flame, a banknote, a pigeon’s head, and the Chinese zodiac in the present lot. “At first I licked everyday things around the house, such as knives and spoons. Then three years later I began to lick places that had specific cultural meaning such as the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs… My use of the tongue also has other meanings: it has a sexual dimension to it and it is also the basis of speech… It begins as an impulse that is instinctual, but it’s gradually closed off by society as one grows up. My work tries to rediscover that kind of pure experience.” (Cang Xin, interview with M. Chiu; H. Wu and C. Phillips, eds., Between Past and Future, New York, 2004, p. 176)


Communication Series No. 2 (Tongue Touching Chinese Objects)

39 5/8 x 33 in. (100.6 x 83.8 cm).
Signed, titled and dated in Chinese characters; signed and dated again and also numbered of 10 "1999 Cang Xin" on the reverse. This work is from an edition of 10.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $5,040

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York