xecuted from 1989 to 1990, Zhang Xiaogang’s The Dark Trilogy: Fear, Meditation, Sorrow, is a singular historical meditation, at once personal and monumental, by one of the most established Chinese contemporary artists of our generation. The elegiac triptych, one of only two recorded among his early works, speaks to the sequential themes
of terror, contemplation and melancholic acceptance. Seared with a haunting immediacy, the paintings shed the romantic lyricism of Zhang’s earlier works, revealing a condensed iconography that paved the way for his Bloodline series. This pivotal masterpiece will be presented and offered in its entirety as a triptych for the first time since the early 1990s, coming from the prestigious collection of Chinese contemporary art collector Johnson Chang.
History and Contemporaneity
Illusion and Reality
into the canvas.
The Contemporary Art Evening Sale will be live streamed on 6 October at 7pm. Viewers will be able to access the multi-camera auction on the page linked below.