Tianbing Li - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 15, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zürich

  • Catalogue Essay

    Living in France now, I continue to question my own identity. Sometimes I
    feel confused about moving between two cultures, so in order to analyse my
    origin, I feel compelled to go back to my childhood in China. I have several
    black and white photos from my family album which give me a great deal of
    inspiration, yet by now the past has become blurred. I remember that I was
    often alone, feeling isolated. I had no brothers or sisters as a consequence
    of the one-child policy that has ruled China since the late seventies.
    Before 1979 (the beginning of the economic reform) life for most Chinese
    families was full of economic hardship and I was brought up in a frugal
    environment devoid of toys. This has inspired my most recent series of work,
    where I have invented and depicted a fictitious brother and all the toys that I
    never had. I have created this fantasy world where I can relive my childhood.
    I use my painting as a means to reinvent the childhood that I never had.
    Tianbing Li in conversation with Uli Sigg taken from


Autoportrait avec sac rouge (Self-Portrait with Red Bag)

Oil on canvas.
78 3/4 x 53 in. (200 x 134.6 cm).

Signed “Tianbing Li” lower right.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $337,000

Contemporary Art Part II

16 Nov 2007, 10am & 2pm
New York