Zhang Xiaogang

Comrades with Red Baby

Zhang Xiaogang

Comrades with Red Baby

Price: $5,000.00

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Details

Technique:
Lithography
Year:
2009
Edition Size:
130
Dimensions:
80.0 x 120.0 cm (31.5 x 47.2 in)
Signature:
Signed and numbered

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About the Artwork

"Comrades with Red Baby" belongs to the set of twenty lithographs from "The Storyteller's Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang", which comes as a limited edition of 132 rare books.Inspired by family photos from the Cultural Revolution period, as well as the European tradition of surrealism, Zhang Xiaogang’s lithographs engage with the notion of identity within the Chinese culture of collectivism.

"I think most people can understand. Art is not science. It doesn't have to be accurate. Art is a feeling, a state of mind. That's the most important thing."

Zhang Xiaogang

Basing his work around the concept of ‘family’ –immediate, extended, and societal – Xiaogang’s portraits depict an endless genealogy of imagined forebears and progenitors, each unnerving similar and distinguished by minute difference. With their visages masked in soft shadows and rendered slightly out of focus, Xiaogang heightens the sense of inconsequential identity; only the eyes are fully illuminated, hollow and clone-like, perfect identikit transplants hallmarking the succession of ductility over will.

About the Artist

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Zhang Xiaogang (born 1958, Kunming, China) is a Chinese symbolist and surrealist painter. He is famous with his Bloodline series, where mostly monochromatic, stylized portraits of Chinese people are presented as part of the artist's exploration of the 'family' concept.

About the printing Technique

Weng Contemporary Lithography

Lithography literally means “stone drawing". This type of print is typically made by drawing or painting onto the surface of a limestone using a greasy crayon or liquid wash and is best known for its flat painterly surface.