Zhan Wang - Contemporary Day Sale London Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    For centuries Chinese culture has placed a high value on strangely and beautifully shaped rocks. In a Chinese garden, they symbolize mountains; in tandem with water, they form a microcosmic representation of nature, thus providing an escape from everyday life. Zhan Wang re-creates this traditional form in a modern material. He pounds small sheets of stainless steel onto the surface of a garden rock, removes the sheets and welds them together to form a hollow stainless-steel copy of the rock, polishing it until the seams vanish. Not only is the material more suited to a cityscape than natural rock is, but also the reflective surface provides the viewer with a self-image, something more fascinating to the average contemporary city-dweller than the philosophical notions inspired by traditional rocks. (F. Bowles, China Onward, The Estella Collection, Chinese Contemporary Art, 1966-2006, Denmark, 2007,p. 390)


Rocks off (from the 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 table. This work is from an edition of eight plus four artist's proofs.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £73,250

Contemporary Day Sale

29 June 2009, 4pm