QIU ZHIJIE (China, B. 1969)
THE BREAKING DAWN: EARLY CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART - THE JOHNSON CHANG COLLECTION
QIU ZHIJIE (China, B. 1969)

Tattoo I

Details
QIU ZHIJIE (China, B. 1969)
Tattoo I
signed in Chinese (lower right); numbered ‘9/10’; titled ‘TATTOO I’ in English; signed in Chinese (on the reverse)
chromogenic print
102 x 80 cm. (40 1/8 x 31 1/2 cm.)
edition 9/10
Executed in 2000

15% of the hammer price of this lot will be donated to Moonchu Foundation
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
Literature
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Chicago, USA, 2004 (different edition illustrated, p. 158).
Fujian Art Publishing House, Contemporary Art and Cultural Transformation- Qiu Zhijie, Fuzhou, China, 2004 (different edition illustrated, p. 120).
Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, Qiu Zhijie, Chengdu, China, 2007 (different edition illustrated, p. 64).

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Lot Essay

Qiu Zhijie was born in the Fujian province in 1969. He graduated from the print-making department at the China Academy of Art in 1992. He created works in a wide variety of media including drawing, ink painting, video, photography, and installations. Tattoo I (Lot 156) is an early work that was completed in 1994. It explores the relationship between the image and the background behind it. Balancing these two aspects is the prime objective of traditional portraiture. Qiu Zhijie confronted this concept and subverted it by introducing foreign objects in the picture plane to obliterate any distance between them. As they share the same features, everything in the picture reverts to a universal flatness.
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