Fang Lijun 1999.3.1

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Lot 837
Fang Lijun
1999.3.1

Sold for HK$ 1,240,000 (US$ 159,932) inc. premium
Fang Lijun
1999.3.1 Signed in Chinese, titled/dated 1999.3.1 and numbered 1/8 on each scroll
Titled/dated 1999.3.1 and numbered on the reverse of each scroll
Woodblock print on paper (6 scrolls)
488 x 732cm (192 1/8 x 288 3/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    White Space Gallery, Beijing
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

    Exhibited: 'Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Contemporary Art', The Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 18 August to 10 November 2013 (a different edition)

    Published:
    Li Xianting, Pi Li, Fang Lijun, Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, Hunan, 2001, p.190-191 (a different edition)
    Liu Jing, Lu peng, Fang Lijun, Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, Chengdu, 2007, p.62 (a different edition)
    Zhao Tingyang, Hu Yungfen, Shu Kewen, Fang Lijun, Hunan Provincial Museum, Hunan, 2007, p.109 (a different edition)
    Carol Yinghua Lu, Living Like a Wild Dog: 1963-2008 Archive Exhibition of Fang Lijun, Shijie Fine Art Publishing House, Taipei, 2009, p.276 (a different edition)
    Hu Yungfen, Thomas Kellein, Endlessness of Life: 25 Years Retrospect of Fang Lijun, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2009, p.112-113 (a different edition)
    Lu Peng, Liu Chun, Fang Lijun, Culture and Art Publishing House, Beijing, 2010, p.310 (a different edition)

    方力鈞 1999.3.1 木刻版畫(六部份) 一九九九年印製

    簽名:1999.3.1 1/8 方力鈞
    背面簽名:1999 3.1 1/8

    來源:
    北京空白空間畫廊
    現藏家購自上述畫廊

    展覽:「時代肖像:當代藝術三十年」,上海當代藝術博物館,2013年8月18日至11月10日(不同版數)

    出版:
    栗憲庭,皮力,《方力鈞》,湖南"美術出版社,2001年,頁190 -191 黑白插圖(不同版數)
    呂鵬,劉璟,《方力鈞:玩世不羈, 多元不盡(當代藝術家叢書第二輯)》,四川美術出版社,2007年,頁62 黑白插圖(不同版數)
    趙汀陽,胡永芬,舒可文,《方力鈞》,湖南省博物館,2007年,頁109 彩色插圖(不同版數)
    盧迎華,,《像野狗一樣生活:1963-2008方力鈞文獻檔案展》,台北視覺藝術出版社,2009年,頁276 彩色插圖(不同版數)
    胡永芬,Thomas Kellein,《生命之渺:方力鈞創作25年展》,台北美術博物館,2009年,頁112 -113 黑白插圖(不同版數)
    呂鵬,劉淳,《方力鈞:編年紀事》,北京文化藝術出版社,2010年,頁310 彩色插圖(不同版數)

    Fang Lijun is one of the most important artists of the 1990's 'Cynical Realist' movement. His works illustrate the disenchantment of a generation in the aftermath of the Tiananmen events. His signature iconography, a bald-headed figure, often grimacing, conveys the upset emotions and discontent of China's youth at the time. This work '1999-3-1' dated 1999 is one of the rare early examples of large-scale woodblock prints the artist has produced. Fang Lijun has revived the traditional craft of the Chinese woodcut, a labor intensive process which consists in carving blocks of wood into patterns and then using the classical Chinese medium of ink to manually print on paper. By virtue of this process, each colour requires a different plate. The choice of scrolls for presentation of his monumental works is also a reference to China's artistic tradition. This work is of major importance in the artist's career. Indeed, another edition of this work has been exhibited in Shanghai at the new contemporary museum, the Power Station of Art this year. The artist has chosen to donate another edition of this very rare woodcut to represent his work in the Central Academy of Fine Arts museum in Beijing.

    方力鈞是1990年的「玩世現實主義運動」最重要的藝術家之一,他的作品表露了天安門事件之後的一代醒悟。作品中常出現的禿頭人物經常愁眉苦臉,表達出中國青年當時心煩意亂的情緒和不滿。這件作品〈1999-3-1〉製於1999年,是其非常罕有的早期大型木刻版畫。方力鈞復興中國傳統木刻,這是一個勞動力密集的過程,其中包括先在木塊上雕刻出圖案,然後用手將中國傳統水墨印在紙上。因此,每印一種不同的顏色,都需要一個不同的板。方力鈞選擇使用畫卷也是引用中國的藝術傳統。這件作品在藝術家的職業生涯中具重大的意義。這件稀有的版畫的另一個版本,已在今年新開張的上海當代藝術博物館展出,藝術家更把另一個版本作為他的代表作,捐給北京中央美院美術館以。
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