Zhang Huan

Chinese, b. 1965

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One of China's best-known performance and Conceptual artists, Zhang Huan's more recent work has consisted of sculptures and paintings that reference the history of his native China, from significant political, intellectual, and religious figures to anonymous portraits and landscape scenes. For his two- and three-dimensional works, Zhang frequently uses both common objects and unusual organic materials, including feathers, cowhides, and for his 2005 sculpture Donkey, a taxidermied donkey. Particularly evocative is Zhang’s use of incense ash, a material that epitomizes both detritus and religious ritual, with which he paints and sculpts works that are as olfactory as they are visual.

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Solo show at a major institution
UCCA, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Shows Featuring Zhang Huan
Articles Featuring Zhang Huan
I’m Obsessed with This Photo of Artist Zhang Huan Covered in Flies
May 6th, 2020
10 Artists Who Defined Chinese Contemporary Art
Jul 31st, 2018
Can Anything Be Performance Art?
Jun 21st, 2017
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