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    Sale 5417

    Post-War & Contemporary Art

    2 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 556

    Zhang Huan (b. 1965)

    Skin (in twenty parts)

    Price Realised  


    Zhang Huan (b. 1965)
    Skin (in twenty parts)
    each: signed in Pinyin and in English with initials, numbered and dated '1997 HZ, 19/25' (on a label affixed to the reverse)
    gelatin silver print
    each: 15 7/8 x 20in. (40.5 x 50.8cm.)
    Executed in 1997, this work is number nineteen from an edition of twenty-five (20)

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    Private Collection, Germany.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Qian: To Western audiences, your work may appear to have political meanings. Do you think such meanings are an aspect of your work?

    Zhang: I cannot restrict audiences to certain interpretations, though I don't like to look at things simply from a political angle. Perhaps it is because the problems in China are so complicated that people want to find answers for themselves from different angles. In China, many people say that I am crazy, perverted, and a self-torturer. That's their point of view. For me, the question is how I can make good art.

    Performing bodies: Zhang Huan, Ma Liuming, and performance art in China
    Qian Zhijian, Art Journal, Summer,1999