658
658
Li Shan, Xu Longsen, Zhu Xinjian
UNTITLED
Estimate
600,000800,000
JUMP TO LOT
658
Li Shan, Xu Longsen, Zhu Xinjian
UNTITLED
Estimate
600,000800,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Li Shan, Xu Longsen, Zhu Xinjian
UNTITLED
signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated 1993
oil on antique wood cabinet
173.8 (H) by 105.6 by 61.5 cm; 68⅜ (H) by 41⅝ by 24¼ in.
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Provenance

Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
Sotheby's, New York, 17 March 2008, lot 34
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Catalogue Note

One of the most pivotal contemporary artists from Shanghai, Li Shan combined elements of Primitivism and Abstraction in the 1980s to forge the earliest abstract paintings in China. After the "China/Avant-Garde" exhibition in 1989, Li Shan was amongst the first group of Chinese artists to participate in international exhibitions around the world. Li Shan quickly gained critical acclaim for his Rouge Series that featured androgenized political figures; with this series, Li Shan became one of the central figures of the 1990s Political Pop movement alongside Yu Youhan and Wang Guangyi. Untitled (Lot 658), created in collaboration with Xu Longsen and Zhu Xinjian in Shanghai, is one of only two collaborative projects ever created by the three artists. The work features an antique cabinet that belonged to Xu Longsen that is illustrated by each artist: the doors by Li Shan, the exterior sides by Xu Longsen and the interior by Zhu Xinjian. Li Shan's motif is US President Bill Clinton, who is androgenized and rendered in the artist's iconic Rouge Series style. Xu Longsen's two illustrations on the side feature a terracotta warrior holding the Chinese flag and President Lincoln holding the US flag respectively, while the cabinet interior displays Zhu Xinjian's renowned erotic palace paintings. With the exterior of the cabinet embodying the clash of East and West, and its interior illustrations symbolizing the Chinese tradition of palace paintings, Untitled is a thoughtful and exquisitely executed collaboration that encapsulates cultural dialogue between China and the West in the 1990s.

Contemporary Art – Day Sale

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Hong Kong