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An image of The boy who sticks out his tongue by ZHANG Xiaogang

ZHANG Xiaogang

(China 1958 – )

Title
The boy who sticks out his tongue
Other titles:
Comrade
Place of origin
China
Year
2001
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

200.0 x 260.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., corner, in Chinese, inscribed "Zhang Xiaogang 2001". Signed l.r., corner, in Chinese, inscribed "Zhang Xiaogang".
Credit
Purchased 2002
Accession number
280.2002
Copyright
© Zhang Xiaogang
Location
Not on display
Further information

‘There is in Zhang’s work a disturbing sense of detachment. The cool, impersonal face of the baby (beautiful, soft, oddly uniform though it is) seems to represent an ideal that is ambiguous in its obvious, almost flagrant, confrontation with the viewer. Yet the face remains unapproachable and unattainable. With a subtle sleekness Zhang expresses so many of the dilemmas facing modern China: the urgent quest for engagement with the world without prejudice to its own values and traditions, the tension between public and private, between collective good and private ambition, between self - so strongly illustrated in this image – and society. With its limpid eyes and hint of happy impertinence, this strangely mature baby infers the contradictory senses of confidence and vulnerability. Zhang Xiaogang, who teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chengdu, Sichuan province, represents, in both his style and broader social and human concerns, a gregarious and imaginative new spirit in Chinese painting.’

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.179
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Bibliography (3)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2003, 'Year in review', pg.14-35, Sydney, 2003, 21.

Edmund Capon, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 152, 153 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 179 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Modern Art Museum, 15 Dec 2001–15 Jan 2002