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Zhang Huan (b. 1965)
TO RAISE THE WATER LEVEL IN A FISH POND (CLOSE UP), 1997
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
145
Zhang Huan (b. 1965)
TO RAISE THE WATER LEVEL IN A FISH POND (CLOSE UP), 1997
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Zhang Huan (b. 1965)
TO RAISE THE WATER LEVEL IN A FISH POND (CLOSE UP), 1997
c-print; signed, titled, numbered and dated in Chinese and numbered '8/15' on the reverse
Sheet: 47 5/8 by 66 1/2 in. (121 by 168.9 cm.); Framed: 48 by 67 1/2 in. (121.9 by 171.5 cm.)
Executed in 1997, this work is number 8 from an edition of 15.
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Provenance

Max Protetch Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

New York, Max Protetch Gallery, 'Zhang Huan, Works from 1994-1998,' 1999 (another example exhibited)
Bochum, Museum Bochum Kunstsammlung, 'Zhang Huan,' April - June 2003 (another example exhibited)

Literature

Xunda de Galica and Cotterm Gallery eds., 'Zhang Huan - Pilgrimage to Santiago, Santiago de Compostela,' 2001, pp. 162 and 163, another example illustrated in color
M.Chiu, K. Bu, E. Hartney, Z. Huan, Eds., 'Zhang Huan: Altered States,' Milan, 2007, p.37, another example illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

One of the crucial artists from China’s post-1989 avant-garde, Zhang Huan’s visceral performance pieces encourage dialogue between body and landscape.  The present photograph from Huan’s noted 1997 work depicts a group of day labourers standing in a pond in Beijing Park.   In an attempt to literally raise the water level, Huan hoped to confront a Chinese saying about the effect one person can have on his or her environment.  The recording of this piece is currently on display in the exhibition ‘Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan,’ at MoMA PS1 through September 3.

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