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Title

The boy who sticks out his tongue

2001

Artist

Zhang Xiaogang

China

1958 -

  • Details

    Other Title
    Comrade
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    280.2002
    Copyright
    © Zhang Xiaogang

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    ‘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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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