ZHANG HUAN: ALTERED STATES
This catalogue accompanied the exhibition at Asia Society, New York ( September 6, 2007 – January 20, 2008).
Born in 1965 in An Yang, Henan Province, China, Zhang Huan is best-known for his controversial early works in performance art. When he began his career in Beijing, his performances focused on physical endurance, pushing the limits of what was acceptable to authorities in the early 1990s, post-Tiananmen. In 1998, he moved to New York, where he saw greater freedoms and established his international career with larger-scale performances that often involved the participation of scores of volunteers. In 2006, Zhang Huan moved to Shanghai, abandoning performance art in favor of works in sculpture, installation art, and painting. Many of these show greater connections to Chinese heritage and history. The exhibition was organized around these three distinct phases of the artist's work.Physical description:
New York: Asia Society; Milan: Edizioni Charta, 2007