Yang Shaobin - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, PRÜSS & Ochs Gallery Berlin / Beijing, Yang Shaobin Grey Paintings, January 1 – August 3, 2003; Mannheim, Städische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Die Neue Kunsthalle- Zweite Neupräsentation, November 23, 2003 – March 7, 2004

  • Literature

    Prüss & Ochs Gallery, ed., Yang Shaobin, Grey Paintings Red Works, Germany, 2003, p. 8 (illustrated); Xin Dong Cheng Publishing House, ed., Yang Shaobin, Paris/Beijing/Berlin, 2004, p. 200 (illustrated); Z. Qunsheng, ed., Yang Shaobin, Essence of Violence, Beijing, 2006, p. 170 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Much like the work of Francis Bacon, Yang Shaobin’s powerful and often dark canvases lie on the cusp of abstraction and figuration. In the present lot, a large scale work from 2002, a ghost like male figure seats, his right hand in an active, violent motion- perhaps piercing the skin and crying out. These works have a mythical quality, upon which the artist comments:

    “When I began my first series of large portraits, violence would not leave me alone. Since, in 93’, I went through some emotional difficulties, I no longer saw people in the same way. I had the feeling that all human relations were fragile; one could not trust in their stability. It was cruel. Add to that the atmosphere at Yuanmingyuan (the artist’s village), the future terrified me. A terror that buried me under its long black veil and prevented me from breathing. It was time for me to hunt down violence. It was really that experience that permitted me to come into my own.” (Z. Xiaogang as quoted in Z. Qunsheng, ed., Yang Shaobin, Essence of Violence, Beijing, 2006, p. 31)


2002-12, No. 1

Oil on linen.
55 1/5 x 63 in. (140.2 x 160 cm).
Signed and titled “Yang Shao Bin 2002-12 No. 1 2002” lower left.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £48,000

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm