Hai Bo - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Espace Cardin and Macau, China, Fundação Oriente, Paris-Pekin: Contemporary Chinese Art, September 6-October 28, 2002 (illustrated, p. 101); Paris, Centre Pompidou, Alors la Chine?, June 25-October 13, 2003 (illustrated, p. 297); 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

    S. Acret, ed., A Strange Heaven: Contemporary Chinese Photography, Hong Kong, 2003, p. 55 (illustrated); Fundação Oriente, Delegacao de Macau, Hai Bo: Solo Portraits, Macau, China, 2003, p. 10 (illustrated); Q. Zhu, ed., Chinese Avant-Garde Photography Since 1990, Guangdong, 2004, p. 183 (illustrated); S. Ji and Wangfeng, eds., 1979-2004 China Avant-Garde Art, Beijing, 2006, p. 317 (illustrated); J. Browne, ed., Hai Bo, New York, Max Protetch Gallery, 2006, p. 11 (illustrated).

  • Catalogue Essay

    In each work from this renowned series of diptychs and triptychs, Hai Bo juxtaposes an old photograph, usually of himself, his family, or friends, with his contemporary reconstruction of the same photograph featuring its original subjects who are now decades older. The artist's efforts to locate his subjects for these works mirrors millions of displaced families' attempts to reunite after the Cultural Revolution. Lots 303-305 feature the artist himself in a personal and political commentary on China's transformation in the past half-century. Bridge was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2001; the present lot is a rarely available medium-sized edition of this work.



Diptych: c-print.
25 x 37 1/2 in. (63.5 x 95.3 cm) each.
Left work: signed in Chinese characters, numbered of eight, dated and signed again "Hai Bo 1979" on the reverse; right work: signed in Chinese characters, numbered of eight, dated and signed again "Hai Bo 1999" lower right. This work is from an edition of eight.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $11,700

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York