2007 - Big Family

About Zhang Xiaogang

Relying on memory to recreate a highly personal version of his country’s history, Zhang Xiaogang makes art that is as much about himself as it is about China’s past. The grim imaginary families in his “Bloodlines: The Big Family” paintings of the 1990s and his 2005–06 series of grisaille portraits in oil reveal countless narratives about the aspirations and failures of the Cultural Revolution as well as Zhang’s own emotions. Like the blank visages of the individuals in these paintings, Zhang’s brass and concrete sculptures of figures, as well as implements used for recording history (such as fountain pens, notebooks, and light bulbs, all 2009), appear compressed and distorted by memory, age, and some unknown force.

Chinese, b. 1958, Kunming, China, based in Beijing, China

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Studio, Qiao Space, Shanghai
2016
Talking on Paper, Pace Gallery, Beijing
2015
A New Dynasty – Created in China, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus
2014
View/ Review: Contemporary Masters, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe