Untitled, from Bloodline: Big Family
- medium Lithograph in colors on Arches paper
- edition 17/68
- size 51.50w x 36.50h in
- created 2007
COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Part of the Bloodline Series, this work comments on the Cultural Revolution which occurred in China between 1966 and 1976, in particular referencing greyscale family photos in a classic studio setting. Also inspired by Western surrealism, Zhang Xiaogang engages with concepts of identity within an Eastern culture of collectivism. The anonymous figures are suggestive of multiple generations merging into one formulaic identity, with a bright burst of color interrupting the monochrome and breaking the trend.
The artist was inspired to create his widely celebrated Bloodline series after discovering an album of his family’s old photographs in the late 1980s.
Zhang Xiaogang reached his auction record high of $12.1 million for a piece from the Bloodline series in 2014.