Zhan Wang - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Zhan Wang is among the most respected artists in China, having become world-renown for his stainless steel sculptures of ‘scholars' rocks,' the graceful, craggy boulders found in several provinces around China that seem to have been sculpted by natural forces into complex forms worthy of thoughtful contemplation–almost like mental or spiritual landscapes. Collecting these rocks from around China, Wang painstakingly pounds, bends, heats, and molds sections of stainless steel plate across the cloud-like topography of each rock, as if wrapping it in steel–in essence, applying a modern industrial skin to an ancient geologic body. After the steel has been shaped around the rock it is peeled away in sections, welded together as a single unit–a now-hollow duplicate of the rock–and polished to a flawless steel sheen, in some cases almost a mirror finish. The resulting play of light upon their surfaces has the effect of seeming to disembody and even liquefy the steel sculptures, as if they were luminous floating masses or shimmering topographies." (On Gold Mountain: Sculptures from the Sierra by Zhan Wang press release taken from www.asianart.org)


Rocks Off (from China Chair Project)

Polished aluminium in five parts.
Largest: 58 x 76 x 74 cm.(22 7/8 x 30 x 30 in).; smallest: 28 x 48 x 33 cm. (11 x 9 x 13 in).
Signed, numbered of eight, inscribed and dated 'Zhan Wang [in Chinese and Pinyin] 2007 CCP' on the edge of the larger rock. This work is from an edition of eight.

£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £133,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm