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He An

b. 1971, Christmas Island

He An lives and works in Beijing. He An is part of an emerging generation of artists born after China's Cultural Revolution who are making work in the midst of an enormous industrial expansion. His work largely deals with the physical and psychological atmosphere of China's growing cities, especially the signs, lights, and language that populate the built environment.

His light sculptures are made up of characters stolen - with the complicity of the local mafia - from the signs that light up his native city of Wuhan. Using these stolen ideograms, which are often damaged, the artist recreates the names of people who are dear to him. He An's work is autobiographic and obsessive, straddling the line between illegality and investigation and exploring the prohibitions and taboos of contemporary Chinese culture.​

He An broke into contemporary culture in 2000 with the statement "I miss you, please contact me" in his work of the same title. The work combined public space with private desire, contemporary discourse with unmediated human communication. It cracked open a crevice where people could peer beyond their jobs, relationships, and commercial urban stress to see something strange but beautifully simple. It was emotional without strings attached, and consequently people contacted him from all over China. The deceptive simplicity of this work, its romantic theatricality, plus its desire to reach between the public and private has defined He An's practice even since.

His work was featured in the Shanghai Biennale (2006); he also shows at Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai), Pace Beijing, Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris and Brussels), and White Rabbit Gallery (Sydney).

Featured Artworks

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Jade Branch 玉枝 by He An contemporary artwork He AnJade Branch 玉枝, 2018 Steel, pipes, speakers, light, water
1256 x 1048 x 206 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Jade Branch 玉枝 by He An contemporary artwork He AnJade Branch 玉枝, 2015 Installation, LED Lightbox
70 x 170 x 16 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Dark Purple 深紫 by He An contemporary artwork He AnDark Purple 深紫, 2018 Resin, refrigeration coil
100 x 80 x 25 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Dark Purple 深紫 by He An contemporary artwork He AnDark Purple 深紫, 2018 Air conditioner compressor, steel pipes, copper powder
Tang Contemporary Art
Cold IV 寒冷4 by He An contemporary artwork He AnCold IV 寒冷4, 2018 Steel, concrete
Tang Contemporary Art
Cold III 寒冷3 by He An contemporary artwork He AnCold III 寒冷3, 2018 Glass, concrete, steel, machine oil
210 x 120 x 8 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Cold II 寒冷2 by He An contemporary artwork He AnCold II 寒冷2, 2018 Galvanised metal
130 x 157 x 8 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Cold I 寒冷1 by He An contemporary artwork He AnCold I 寒冷1, 2018 Steel, resin, glass
90 x 20 x 20 cm
Tang Contemporary Art

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, He An, Jade Branch at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
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22 December 2018–20 February 2019 He An Jade Branch Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing

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