Wu Hao - Satellite: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, September 7, 2023 | Phillips
  • Wu Hao’s expansive oeuvre spans across various mediums and techniques, functioning as a visual document of temporality. The new series, Rolling Gate, explores the materiality of paint and its ubiquitous presence in the city.


    In a distinct artistic process, Wu repurposes old rolling gates from store fronts in his home city, Wuhan. Once crowded with leaflets of advertisements of labour services and telephone numbers, the gates have been subsequently painted over by city officials in attempts to enhance the optics of the city. This cyclical process is repeated until the faintest embers of telephone numbers and paint are discernible by eye, only to be covered the next day by the next layer of paint or a new flyer, thereby exuding a kind of relentless impermanence. By bringing the dialogues between shopkeepers, labourers and authorities from the peripheries to center-stage, Wu immortalises this fleeting, passing cycle of creation and destruction, order and disorder. In the tumultuous, fragile climate of modern metropolis life, Rolling Gate No. 4 reinvigorates traces of human intervention.


    By removing the gate from its contextual surroundings, Wu elevates it into a visual documention of the ephemerality of the human condition, testament to his persistent inquiry of permanence.


    Born in Wuhan in 1985, Wu Hao has held numerous successful exhibitions across Asia and Europe, including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014), K11 Art Foundation, Wuhan (2015), and National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2011). His works have been collected by major institutions, such as the Daimler Collection, Germany and K11 Art Foundation, China.

    • Provenance

      Magician Space, Beijing
      Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Gibraltar (acquired from the above by the present owner)

Property from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection


Lot offered with No Reserve

Rolling Gate No.4

signed with the artist's initials and dated 'W.H. 2014' on the reverse
metal shutter gate and paint
276 x 242 cm. (108 5/8 x 95 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2014.

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HK$20,000 - 40,000 

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Satellite: Online Auction

7 - 14 September 2023