Zhang Xiaogang, ‘Bloodline - Big Family: Comrade no. 9’, Christie's

Signature: Bloodline - Big Family: Comrade no. 9

The Kwangju Biennale, Asian Section: Man and Space, 2000.

Utsunomiya, Museum of Art, Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, 2000, pp. 33-34 (illustrated).

Amsterdam, Canvas International Art, The Chengdu Movement, 2000.

Hong Kong, Hanart T Z Gallery, Umbilical Cord of History: Paintings by Zhang Xiaogang, 2004, p. 118 (illustrated).

Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong

Private collection

Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 7 February 2007, lot 59

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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