Zeng Fanzhi - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle Hong Kong Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | Phillips

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  • ‘‘In all my creations, whether I move from abstraction to representation or portraits, I constantly need that sense of breaking new ground. I love capturing these coincidences, so my paintings have no boundaries. I don’t confine myself.’’
    — Zeng Fanzhi

    Zeng Fanzhi at work in his studio in Beijing, 2009
    Photo courtesy of Acquavella Galleries

    ‘‘They are not real landscapes. They are about an experience of ‘miao wu’ (marvelous revelation). ‘Miao wu’ does not fall into the common categories of cognitive process. Nor has it anything to do with reason. ‘Miao wu’ is a kind of revelation. Instead of making something obvious ‘miao wu’ brought about an unmarked world, which underlies the deep strata of life, both novel and familiar. In this respect, the ‘miao wu’ type of revelation concerns a disclosure of what is already embedded in the artistic ego—the revealed world is there, but it is unfamiliar and amazing. ‘Miao wu’ constitutes a restless journey of discovery.’’
    — Zeng Fanzhi

    • Provenance

      Acquavella Galleries, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2016

    • Exhibited

      New York, Acquavella Galleries, Zeng Fanzhi, 2 April – 15 May 2009, no. 6, n.p. (illustrated)


Untitled 08-4-1

signed and dated 'Zeng Fanzhi [in Chinese and Pinyin] 2008' lower right
oil on canvas
80 x 110 cm. (31 1/2 x 43 1/4 in.)
Painted in 2008.

Full Cataloguing

HK$1,600,000 - 2,400,000 

Sold for HK$1,764,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
+852 2318 2027

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle

Hong Kong Auction 30 November 2022