Xiaogang Zhang

Topics: Chinese art, Han Chinese, People's Republic of China Pages: 2 (670 words) Published: July 3, 2013
Contemporary arts in the world have become recently popular. In China traditional arts occupied most places for almost 2000 years. But now the contemporary arts is becoming more and more popular in China. Xiaogang Zhang (1958 Yunnan) is a symbol of this. This essay will look at Zhang’s, the first person in Chinese contemporary arts who have been internationally recognized as China’s most talented painter.

Xiaogang Zhang is a famous Chinese artist who was born in 1953.His works sell for large sums of money both nationally and internationally. For example, his first painting “Bloodline: big family” cost 60 million and 20 thousand HKD in 2011 Sotheby’s HK autumn auction. Similarly, “Bloodline: big family 2” cost 50 million and 18 thousand HKD in 2012 Sotheby’s spring auction. “Forever lasting love”, which was in the April 3, 2011 HK Sotheby’s spring auction, sold for HKD 79 million and 60 thousand and is currently the highest auction record of the works of Xiaogang Zhang, a contemporary Chinese art world auction record. These examples show that Xiaogang Zhang is the most famous Chinese contemporary artist.

Zhang began the famous series: “Bloodline: big family” in the early 1990s and it has become his trademark style. At that time, the art market began to enter to China but it is very simple even naive. The people who engage in contemporary arts have no idea about the market until 1992. It’s the first time to introduce the art market to the field of contemporary arts. So this year is very important for Zhang to build his own image. The composition is a photo of a family and the baby on the picture is his brother. After he signed with a gallery, he began to draw some portrait experiments. Once when he saw his parent’s old photos, he was so interested about it and then he began to explore the new painting. He just used few colors to show others on canvas. For example, he only used red or even no color in his canvas. In his work, Zhang makes clever use of...

References: 1. Zhang, xg.,2004, <<The era of umbilical cord----Xiaogang Zhang’ panting>> Hanyaxuan Gallery
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