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Chow Chun Fai
BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (QUADRIPTYCH)
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682
Chow Chun Fai
BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (QUADRIPTYCH)
Estimation
300 000500 000
Lot. Vendu 275,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Contemporary Art – Day Sale

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Hong Kong

Chow Chun Fai
B. 1980
BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (QUADRIPTYCH)
signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated 2011 on the reverse of the first panel
enamel paint on canvas
each: 244.2 by 122.2 cm; 96⅛ by 48⅛ in.
overall: 244.2 by 488.8 cm; 96⅛ by 192½ in.
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Description

Appropriation is not an uncommon creative technique, the most famous practitioner being the American Pop Artist Andy Warhol, who used Campbell's Soup and Coca-Cola to critique the shallowness and commercialization of American culture. Chow Chun Fai's appropriation and reconstruction of symbols of Hong Kong popular culture time and time again capture the island city's postmodern characteristics and provide them with alternative possible interpretations. These artworks have made Chow Chun Fai an extremely representative Hong Kong contemporary artist. He began his famous Painting on Movies series in 2007; the series rose to prominence with his excerpted scene from the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, which commented on the quintessential question of identity for Hong Kong people.

The artist's reflections on Hong Kong have continued in his subsequent works. Bodyguards and Assassins (Lot 682) is one of the largest works from this famous series: the quadriptych stretches nearly five metres long. Bodyguards and Assassins is set in Hong Kong early in the twentieth century. In the film, a group of revolutionaries protect Sun Yat-sen from assassination. The artist selected a scene from the film in which the revolutionary Yeung Ku-wan gives a speech to students at the Furen Literary Society, describing the idealistic Three People's Principles advocated by Sun Yat-sen. Chow Chun Fai distills this scene into a response to the recent democracy movement in Hong Kong, expressing the artist's hopes for the city.

Contemporary Art – Day Sale

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Hong Kong