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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
Blue chip
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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Small Bathtub, 2018

Oil on paper with collage
22 3/5 × 19 3/10 in
57.5 × 49 cm
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London, Palo Alto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Geneva, New York, East Hampton, Palm Beach
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Medium

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)
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