Zhang Huan - BRIC London Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Galerie Volker Diehl, Zhang Huan, 21 March – 25 April 2006 (another example exhibited)

  • Catalogue Essay

    My Boston is a performance piece which is a manifestation of a past memory/ experience. It is based upon Zhang Huan’s mother urging her young son to read, and on his inability to focus at school. Alas, books put him to sleep and he would concoct ways to stay awake, including biting himself. Eventually, the artist had the idea to ingest a page of a book daily and later defecate it out. The artist has stated that Boston is the city that made him feel the most inferior, with its intellectual atmosphere and Ivy League Universities, which is why he chose the city to stage this performance.


My Boston 2


Colour coupler print.

80 × 130 cm (31 1/2 × 51 1/4 in).

Signed in Pinyin and Chinese, dated in English and Chinese ‘Zhang Huan 2005’ and numbered of 8 on a label affixed to the reverse. This work is from an edition of 8.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £12,250


14 - 15 April 2011