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b. 1962, China

Zhan Wang Biography

Zhan Wang is widely recognized as one of China's leading contemporary artists today. Working in installation, photography and video, his sculpturally informed practice challenges ideas of landscape and environment, addressing the urban, rural, artificial and industrial. Zhan Wang's art is a particular perspective fundamentally anchored in his relationship to his own cultural heritage. 

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Zhan Wang's most celebrated work to date is his series of 'artificial rocks' – stainless steel replicas of the much-revered 'scholar's rocks' traditionally found in Chinese gardens. The mirrored surfaces of these often monumental objects absorb the viewer and its surrounding environment, enticing them to become part of the work, an abstraction and distortion of reality, thus creating a visual interplay between positions of tradition and modernity. He further explores his fascination with material and reflection in a series of works titled "Urban Landscape" in which he recreates models of major cities, such as London, Beijing and Chicago – using kitchenware and cutlery. The process of miniaturizing an urban sprawl through the use of domestic and ordinary objects calls forth the basic necessities of life, despite the rapid modernization of contemporary society.

Zhan Wang has exhibited extensively in major museums and galleries across the world including the National Museum of China, Beijing, China; Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, USA; Kunst Museum, Bern, Switzerland; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; International Center of Photography, New York, USA; and the Asia Society Museum, New York, USA.  He has also executed a number of art projects at significant landmarks such as Mount Everest and the Great Wall of China. His work was also included in the landmark exhibitions Cities on the Move: Asian Contemporary Art, Austria, France, USA, Finland, UK, Denmark (touring exhibition 1997-99) and Synthi-Scapes: Chinese Pavilion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy in 2003.

Zhan Wang Featured Artworks

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Forms in Flux No.20 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangForms in Flux No.20, 20173D print, stainless steel casting and blowtorch-flame surface
21 x 46 x 42 cm
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Forms in Flux No.15 ED.1/4 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangForms in Flux No.15 ED.1/4, 2017Fluid dynamics, 3D print, hammered stainless steel and blowtorch-flame surface
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Forms in Flux No.18 ED.1/4 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangForms in Flux No.18 ED.1/4, 2017Fluid dynamics, 3D print, hammered stainless steel and blowtorch-flame surface
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Universe 23 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangUniverse 23, 2012Cast and metalised stones on paper pulp mixed with powdered stone
61 x 77 x 20 cm
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Universe 7 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangUniverse 7, 2012Cast and metalised stones on paper pulp mixed with powdered stone
58 x 47 x 8 cm
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Flowers in the Mirror-Taipei ED.1/8 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangFlowers in the Mirror-Taipei ED.1/8, 2010Photography
120 x 180 cm
Eslite Gallery Enquire about this work
Artificial Rocks ED.2/4 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangArtificial Rocks ED.2/4, 2007Stainless steel
76 x 63 x 34 cm
Eslite Gallery Enquire about this work
Jiashanshi No. 106 by Zhan Wang contemporary artwork
Zhan WangJiashanshi No. 106, 2006Stainless steel
442 x 350 x 180 cm
Pace Gallery

Zhan Wang Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Re-present 再現式 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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23 November–29 December 2019 Group Exhibition Re-present 再現式 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhan Wang, The Invisible 隱 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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12 January–17 February 2019 Zhan Wang The Invisible 隱 Eslite Gallery, Taipei

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Zhan Wang In Ocula Magazine

Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui By Tendai John Mutambu and Qinxin Gao, London

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset...

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William Zhao Ocula Conversation William Zhao By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

The last decade has seen an extraordinary interest in the art of China, yet Hong Kong artists have been significantly overlooked in this bubbling and frothing phenomena. It is timely therefore that Ai Weiwei, arguably the most well-known of the Chinese artists, has chosen to curate an exhibition in Hong Kong featuring only Hong Kong artists; and...

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Zhan Wang In Related Press

8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 5 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

Held over nine sites and including 33 artists, the first edition of the Honolulu Biennial takes place between 8 March and 8 May 2017. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Biennial challenges the idea that Hawaiʻi is in 'the middle of nowhere'. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on...

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Asia Art Archive presents its Annual Fundraiser and celebrates the organisation’s 15th anniversary Related Press Asia Art Archive presents its Annual Fundraiser and celebrates the organisation’s 15th anniversary 9 November 2015, Randian

This November with an auction of over 80 works of art generously donated by local and international artists and galleries. In partnership with Christie’s, the artworks will be available to preview from 10–13 November at The Space. The accompanying dinner and live auction will be hosted on 14 November at the iconic floating restaurant...

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