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Big Family No. 1 (from Bloodline Series) by Zhang Xiaogang

Big Family No. 1 (from Bloodline Series)
by Zhang Xiaogang

Available at Lougher Contemporary

Prints

Lithograph

2006

Edition Size: Edition of 130

Sheet Size: 78.7 x 119.4 cm

Signed

Condition: Excellent

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Inspired by family photos from the Cultural Revolution period, as well as the European tradition of surrealism, Zhang Xiaogang’s paintings engage with the notion of identity within the Chinese culture of collectivism. 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 unnervingly similar and distinguished by minute difference.

Drawing from the generic quality of formal photo studio poses and greyscale palette, Xiaogang’s figures are nameless and timeless: a series of individual histories represented within the strict confines of formula. The occasional splotches of colour which interrupt his images create aberrant demarcations, reminiscent of birth marks, aged film, social stigma, or a lingering sense of the sitter’s self assertion.

Excellent condition, with a few minor marks in the border (top right and top left) which are most likely residual printer’s marks. Minor skinning where it was previously attached to the book (sold without the book insert)

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