Lot 233
  • 233

FX Harsono

Estimate
160,000 - 250,000 HKD
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Description

  • FX Harsono
  • Memory of the Erased Name No. 7
  • SIGNED, TITLED MEMORY OF THE ERASED NAME NO. 7 AND DATED 2010 LOWER MIDDLE OF EACH PANEL; SIGNED, TITLED MEMORY OF THE ERASED NAME NO. 7 AND DATED 2010 ON THE REVERSE OF EACH PANEL
  • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, IN 2 PARTS
  • EACH: 110 BY 135 CM.; 43 1/4 BY 53 IN. (2)
  • OVERALL: 110 BY 170 CM.; 43 1/4 BY 105 IN.

Condition

The painting is in good condition, as is the canvas, which is clear and taut. Examination under ultraviolet light reveals no indication of retouching. The paint layers are intact. Overall, the catalogue illustration is too blue-grey. The first panel is moer beige-toned and the second panel is lighter and more lavender-hued in reality.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Catalogue Note

"Reopening the memory about my erased Chinese name began as merely a wish to reminisce. The process of remembering without pretense ends with a circular question: what is the consequence of this changed name? Suddenly I feel as if I have been healed from fear. The burden of bearing a sense of shame and the fear to admit and affirm that I am an ethnically Chinese Indonesian who is not "indigenous" has disappeared. Remembering my Chinese name made me realize that Indonesianizing Chinese names has created a socio-political construct whereby the Chinese is not considered an original ethnicity and that is not good. This means anything not indigenous is a minority, bad, not nationalistic, along with the entire negative stigma that relates to the ethnically Chinese. Therefore a change of name is merely a false door to free the Chinese from the negative stigma. In fact, honestly admitting that we are ethnically Chinese Indonesians is proof of Indonesia's richness as a multi-cultural nation. Without fear we can show our nationalism through concrete actions. It is also a healing process for me as an ethnically Chinese Indonesian to be a complete being without any emotional burden."
FX HARSONO, THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT, 2011 (TRANSLATED)