Zhang Xiaogang - Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction New York Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Through the window we glimpse a landscape from "Don Carlos"

    The blue, the green are dominant and masses Flat and dark spread out before our eyes.

    A large yellow stain that seems to be run over by an object

    With numerous wheels fills up the centre of the painting and of the harshness.

    Here and there crop up at the end of long stem, some flags

    That fly in the wind.

    A trickle of a bluish green spreads through the space inviting us to walk.

    The large sky also becomes blue and green, emphasizing the impression Of solitariness, despite the machine's apparent activity.

    Over there, in the confines, a foamy line suggests

    Perhaps the sea, vast as well, empty also.

    We breathe in large gulps the wind from Ciudad Rodrigo and from China.

    Let us go forth on the broad tracks, let us escape this Melancholy coming in through the open window.


    • Provenance

      Property from a Private, New York Collection

    • Artist Biography

      Zhang Xiaogang

      Chinese • 1958

      Relying on memory and inspired by family portraits from the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Zhang Xiaogang creates surreal, subtle artworks that explore the notion of identity in relation to the Chinese culture of collectivism. Using a muted, greyscale palette, Xiaogang repeatedly depicts a series of unnervingly similar figures, often dressed in identical Mao suits, to create an endless genealogy of imagined forebears and progenitors. Their somber, melancholy gazes are interrupted only by thin red bloodlines intimating familial links as well as occasional pale splotches of color resembling birthmarks.

      Xiaogang investigates how to express individual histories within the strict confines of a formula. His sitters, while appearing muted and compliant, are given physical exaggerations: oversized heads, tiny hands and long noses. These distortions imply stifled emotions and give a complex psychological dimension to the artist's work.

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Landscape, plate no. 19, from The Storyteller's Enchantments

Lithograph in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins, contained in the original paper folio with red text in French, Chinese and English, tipped in (as issued).
I. 30 3/4 x 40 1/8 in. (78.1 x 101.9 cm)
S. 31 1/8 x 46 7/8 in. (79.1 x 119.1 cm)

Signed and numbered 'III/CXXX' in pencil, additionally signed by the author, Fernando Arrabal and numbered in pencil on the paper folio (the edition was 130 and 4 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Delight Editions, unframed.

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$2,000 - 3,000 

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