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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie de France, Fang Lijun-Gu Dexin-Zhang Peili-Zhang Xiaogang, 1996-1997; Chengdu, Chengdu Biennale, 2001; Guangzhou, The First Guangzhou Triennial - Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990-2000); Paris, Centre Pompidou, Alors, la Chine?; Shanghai, Shanghai Gallery of Art, 2005.3.5, March 2005; New York, Jun-Sep 2004; Chicago, Oct 2004- Jan 2005; Seattle, Feb-May 2005; London, Sep 2005-Jan 2006; Berlin, Mar-May 2006; Santa Barbara, Jun-Sep 2006; Durham, Oct 2006-Feb 2007; Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, International Center of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Asia Society, New York (other examples exhibited)

  • Literature

    Galerie de France, Fang Lijun-Gu Dexin-Zhang Peili-Zhang Xiaogang, Paris 1996-97, p. 15 (ill.); P. Lu, ed., 90s Art China, Hunan 1999, p. 287 (ill.); H. Lu, ed., Conceptual Art Volume, Hubei 1999, p. 123 (ill.); H. Deng and X. Liu, eds., Chengdu Biennale 2001, Sichuan 2001, p. 183 (ill.); H. Wu, ed., The First Guangzhou Triennial - Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990-2000), Guangzhou/Chicago 2002, p. 48 (ill.); Centre Pompidou, Alors, la Chine? Paris 2003, p. 264 (ill.); H. Wu and C. Phillips, Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Chicago and New York, 2004, p. 56 (ill.); C. Liem, ed., Shanghai Gallery of Art 2005, Shanghai 2005, p. 34-45 (ill.)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gu Dexin’s celebrated installation and performance work “Meat” is an iconic work in avant-garde Chinese art. Performed from 1994 to 2001, the work consists of photographs of Gu’s hand kneading pieces of fresh, red meat until the meat petrifies; the pieces are then placed in petri dishes labeled by the day they were kneaded. The photographs then become the only document of the temporal, erotic violence wrought by the artist. Gu is critically acclaimed as one of China’s most outstanding conceptual artists and has been featured in the seminal exhibitions Inside Out: New Chinese Art at the Asia Society and San Francisco MoMA, the traveling exhibition Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, and the First Guangzhou Triennial – Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990 – 2000).

108

Meat

1997
Color photograph.
38 1/2 x 32 in. (97.8 x 81.3 cm).
Signed and dated "1997 May 31 Gu Dexin [in Chinese]" and numbered of five on the reverse.

Estimate
£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £5,400

Contemporary Art

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