Huang Yan - 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

  • Literature

    A. Albertini and P. Marella, eds., Out of the Red: The New Emerging Generation of Chinese Photographers, Milan, 2004, p. 60 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Huang’s landscape paintings on human bodies and bones are painted in the style of Wang Yuanqi (1642 – 1715), a high-ranking court painter of the Qing Dynasty. The series is titled “Tattoo” to emphasize the invisible traces that remain even after the paint is washed off live bodies. In the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, Huang’s act of painting is an emotional and meditative process as significant as the final product. “In the world of vanity where I reside, in the humble room that I live in, I am not a swordsman, I am not a gambler, I am not a blind man. In the time where fallen flowers are carried by flowing water, in the time when people forget each other, I only paint mountains and rivers; I only scribble aimlessly on my body; this is enough, this is my emotional expression. I believe in instinct, I believe in mountains and rivers, I kill time in mountains and rivers.” (Huang Yan; H. Wu and C. Phillips, eds., Between Past and Future, New York, 2004, p. 206)


Chinese Landscape - Tattoo 4 (Tattoo Series)

47 5/8 x 61 1/8 in. (121 x 155.3 cm).
Signed and titled in Chinese characters, numbered of 12 and dated “1999” lower right. This work is from an edition of 12.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $7,200

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York