Li Tianyuan - 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. 101); New York, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Tianyuan Space Station: Recent Photography and Paintings by Li Tianyuan, February 25-March 26, 2005 (illustrated, n.p.)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The artist's tripartite self-portraits in his Tianyuan Space Station series were created with technological assistance from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The first work of this triptych is a satellite picture of the Great Wall of China taken 800 kilometers above the earth. The second work was photographed on the wall using an ordinary camera. The third is an image of a bodily substance magnified five hundred times.


Tianyuan Space Station

Triptych: c-print.
59 x 42 1/2 in. (149.9 x 108 cm) each.
Signed and dated on the reverse of each. Titled respectively (l-r) "Satellite 705km high 40°27'14"N 116°32'2"E"; "2001.1.11 10AM -16° The Great wall Beijing" and "Face+Tears x500" lower right of each.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $4,800

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York