Zeng Fanzhi - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Shangart Gallery, Shanghai

  • Exhibited

    Bologna, Fondazione Carisbo, Palazzo Saraceni e San Giorgio in Poggiale, 29 January – 6 March, 2005; Padova, Palazzo del Monte di Pieta, 19 March – 22 May, 2005, Cina. Pittura Contemporanea

  • Literature

    L. Sassoli de Bianchi, China Contemporary Art Painting, 2005, p. 219 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Taking on a new form in which Zeng seems to blur figuration and abstraction into one single image, the present lot is a prime example of the artist’s newer body of work. Moving away from his slightly expressionistic style, this Untitled work from 2003 brings with it a gentleness and aloofness both in its execution and visual experience. The work stems from a series of large scale paintings, in which Zeng would decorate his canvases with vertically circling brushstrokes, reminiscent of paper streamers, blurring his depiction of faces and abstracting the recognizable. Zeng’s juxtaposition of both styles, enhances the painting’s visual experience, leaving the spectator to see beyond his red curtain of twirling paint, where abstraction and figuration produce a powerful image. His chosen colour palette of varying reds remains poignant in relation to his political concerns and become a dominant tool through which he visually explores and expresses.



Oil on canvas.
150 x 130 cm. (59 x 51 1/8 in).
Signed and dated ‘Zeng Fanzhi 2002’ lower right.

£100,000 - 150,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm