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In 1993, Zhang Xiaogang began the Bloodline series, which comprises some of the most iconic images in Chinese contemporary art. In this video, he explains how his discovery of family photographs—thought to have been lost because many albums were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution—inspired these paintings.

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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.

High auction record
HK$98m, Christie's, 2020
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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Practice and Exchange: An Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary ArtUCCA
2016
Installment 4: Chinese Artists at the Fondation Louis VuittonFondation Louis Vuitton
2015
A New Dynasty – Created in ChinaARoS Aarhus Art Museum
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Blood Line Series - Girl, 2006

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139.7 × 113 cm
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In 1993, Zhang Xiaogang began the Bloodline series, which comprises some of the most iconic images …

Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered edition of 58
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Series
Blood Line Series
Image rights
Lithography 55 x 44 1/2 inches Edition of 58

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.

High auction record
HK$98m, Christie's, 2020
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Zhang Xiaogang
Other works from IFAC Arts
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