Zhao Zhao - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Thursday, December 3, 2020 | Phillips

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  • "Art is not limited to a particular form, and I have an aversion to convention and set styles. Different mediums are not an impediment for me; I can use them all. I am more interested in the development of the artwork itself." —Zhao ZhaoBorn in Xinjiang and a graduate of the Xinjiang Institute of the Arts and the Beijing Film Academy, Zhao Zhao is regarded as a major figure in Chinese contemporary art. A long-time assistant of Ai Weiwei, Zhao Zhao’s provocative works are known for confronting existing ideological structures and challenging notions of authority. His multidisciplinary, non-conformist practice spans works as diverse as sculpture, performance, video and painting.


    The beautiful, quasi-abstract Sky paintings refer to the heavily polluted grey-yellow skies of Beijing, where blue skies are exceedingly rare. Zhao Zhao’s meditative cloud formations, stirring yet mournful, conjure up dreams of better times.


    In 2019 Zhao Zhao was honoured with his first museum solo exhibition at Song Art Museum in Beijing. That same year he was also named ‘Artist of the Year’ by the AAC (Award of Art China).


    Works from the Sky series exhibited at Zhao Zhao’s solo exhibition In The Desert Below A Constellation • In The Sky at Tang Contemporary, Beijing, 2017 
    • Provenance

      Chambers Fine Art, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner


Sky No.22

signed and dated ‘Zhao Zhao [in Chinese] 2013’ on the reverse
oil on canvas
149.5 x 149.5 cm. (58 7/8 x 58 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2013.

Full Cataloguing

HK$150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$403,200

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 4 December 2020