Zhang Huan, ‘Ash Thinker No. 10’, 2008, Storm King Art Center

Private collection.

About Zhang Huan

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.

Chinese, b. 1965, Anyang, China, based in Shanghai, China

Solo Shows on Artsy

Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor
Zhang Huan: Q Confucius, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai

Group Shows on Artsy

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art