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"Dreaming-Terra-Cotta Warrior" (2006) is a powerful photograph and self-portrait by famous Chinese conceptual artist Huang Yan. Huang here has his face painted white to make it a blank canvas, then has dynamic imagery in black and white of another figure superimposed on his visage--one of a famous Chinese …

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Signed, inscribed, and dated, with edition AP in graphite in margins.

With works rife with references to Chinese history and cultural traditions, Huang Yan honors the values of his country’s past while exploring their place within contemporary China. Among his best-known projects is his “Chinese Landscapes” series, begun in 1999. Combining photography, painting, and body art, it features color photographs of himself and others covered not with clothing but with landscape paintings executed in the traditional style. While transposing such paintings onto the nude body—a taboo subject not incorporated into Chinese art until the 1970s—may be seen as radical, for Huang it illustrates an urgent message. In all of his work, he aims to remind his fellow citizens of the preciousness of China’s artistic, philosophical, and social heritage. “Landscape is […] my resistance against worldly conflicts and a way of releasing my Chan ideas,” he once stated.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
HK Art Week Show: Huang Yan Solo - Tattoo UtopiaLeo Gallery
Clouds Stretching for a Thousand Miles: Ink in Asian ArtAsia Society
2013
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary ChinaThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Dreaming - Terra-Cotta Warrior, 2006

C-print
39 4/5 × 32 3/10 in
101.1 × 82 cm
Edition AP
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$5,000 - 7,500
Location
New York City, Athens, London
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"Dreaming-Terra-Cotta Warrior" (2006) is a powerful photograph and self-portrait by …

Medium
Signature
Signed, inscribed, and dated, with edition AP in graphite in margins.

With works rife with references to Chinese history and cultural traditions, Huang Yan honors the values of his country’s past while exploring their place within contemporary China. Among his best-known projects is his “Chinese Landscapes” series, begun in 1999. Combining photography, painting, and body art, it features color photographs of himself and others covered not with clothing but with landscape paintings executed in the traditional style. While transposing such paintings onto the nude body—a taboo subject not incorporated into Chinese art until the 1970s—may be seen as radical, for Huang it illustrates an urgent message. In all of his work, he aims to remind his fellow citizens of the preciousness of China’s artistic, philosophical, and social heritage. “Landscape is […] my resistance against worldly conflicts and a way of releasing my Chan ideas,” he once stated.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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