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Zeng Fanzhi: Catalogue Raisonné 1984–2004. Limited edition includes a stone engraving lithograph, signed and numbered by the artist ©️ Skira & The Fanzhi Foundation for Art and Education
16 Oct 2020

Zeng Fanzhi Catalogue Raisonné: Volume I 1984 – 2004

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The first volume of the catalogue raisonné for contemporary Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi is now available. Focusing on the first twenty years of the artist’s career, this landmark publication is the culmination of a six-year-long research project, drawing from a wide range of sources and documentation and presented according to international scholarly methodology.

Chronologically illustrating every recorded work between 1984 – 2004, ‘Zeng Fanzhi Catalogue raisonné. Volume I’ is by far the most comprehensive record of the artist’s oeuvre. A number of previously unknown and unregistered paintings offer new perspectives to understanding the art of Zeng Fanzhi. Edited by Gladys Chung, the publication features essays by Philipe Dagen, Tsong-Zung Chang, and Fumio Nanjo which further illuminate Zeng Fanzhi’s multifaceted body of work.

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‘Portrait’ (1989) is an early example of the artist’s emotionally charged brushwork © 2020 Zeng Fanzhi

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Zeng Fanzhi with a work from his We series of distorted faces painted at extremely close range, 2002 © 2020 Zeng Fanzhi

The catalogue raisonné is a definitive scholarly research tool for collectors, scholars and art professionals, including detailed annotations, worldwide literature, and exhibition records as well as never-before-published archival materials. Readers can trace thematic developments over the course of Zeng Fanzhi’s career, such as the early Hospital (1991 – 92) and Meat (1992 – 94) series which garnered international acclaim and later Mask (1994 – 2004) series.

‘Using key archival resources, the book covers the initial powerful paintings that brought Zeng Fanzhi to global fame, such as the Hospital, Meat and Mask series,’ says writer and curator David Anfam, who authored ‘Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas – Catalogue Raisonné’ (1998). ‘Above all, the spirit of Zeng Fanzhi’s many-sided vision comes across as the successive images unfold. They feel by turns poignant, enigmatic, thought-provoking, and more.’

 

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Zeng Fanzhi in his Beijing studio © 2020 Zeng Fanzhi

Now living and working in Beijing, Zeng Fanzhi was born in Wuhan, China in 1964 and graduated from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in Wuhan in 1991. Since the early 1990s, the artist has occupied a distinctive and prominent place internationally, with works exhibited at art institutions worldwide including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA; The Van Gogh Museum, The Netherlands; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, China; Musée du Louvre, France; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Punta della Dogana, Italy; Rockbund Art Museum and Union Church, China; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; and Shanghai Art Museum, China. One of the most celebrated artists working today, Zeng Fanzhi is lauded across the globe for his technical mastery and ability to conjure emotion from his subject matter.

Co-published by Skira and the Fanzhi Foundation for Art and Education, and edited by Gladys Chung, ‘Zeng Fanzhi Catalogue Raisonné. Volume I 1984–2004’ is in both English (680 pages, 450 color illustrations) and Chinese (280 pages, 260 color illustrations). Contact the Fanzhi Foundation to place an order.

To celebrate the launch of the catalogue raisonné on 22 October 2020, the Fanzhi Foundation for Art and Education will host a panel discussion and exhibition of early works made by the artist, in his hometown of Wuhan, China. Featuring Shaghart founder Lorenz Helbling in conversation with Zeng Fanzhi’s former professors Pi Daojian, Wei Guangqing, and Fang Shaoh, the online event will be conducted in Chinese and is free and open to the public on WeChat and Zaiyi.

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