Zhang Huan - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Max Protech Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Zhang's celebrated performance works use the artist's body as the primary site of physical endurance and spiritual expression. Despite the elaborate magnitude of his recent international performances, Zhang's earlier works in China, such as the present lot from 1995, remain best known for their pastoral, almost philosophical evocation of experience and futility. The nine artists' collective and total sensory contact with mountain is a a core element of their performance; yet, afterward, the mountain barely retains traces of their human forms. "The early works--from conception to execution--were so simple. They didn't involve any people beside the participants, and the feeling was one of great freedom--to be able to make such pieces in a situation where there was so much pressure from all around. The body performances were a necessity for me. The mountain and the pond pieces were also a necessity--they came from my need to be in the countryside... It's about changing the natural state of things, about the notion of possibilities." (Zhang Huan, interview with R. Goldberg, "Pilgrimage to Santiago," 2003)


Nine Holes

32 x 45 in. (81.3 x 114.3 cm).
Signed and titled in Chinese characters and numbered of 15 and dated "1995" on a label adhered to the reverse. This work is from an edition of 15.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $33,600

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York