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Zhang Enli: Container

‘Within the context of today’s international attention and curiosity for Chinese contemporary art, and the hype currently surrounding it, Shanghai-based painter Zhang Enli occupies a very particular position. Developed alongside all of the greater painterly movements from the Chinese mainland that try to overcome the Socialist Realist hegemony, his work has no relation to ‘Political Pop’, ‘Gaudy Art’ or ‘Kitsch Art’, or ‘Cynical Realism’. Coming from the provincial town of Jilin in the north of China, Shanghai was for him ‘still a strange environment, in which he felt like an intruder, and which was both tempting and menacing. Its environment was too far from the intimate feeling inspired by his ‘small town lifestyle’ with its unpretentious plainness.’
– Things and Spaces by Philippe Pirotte

Publication Details

  • Text by Philippe Pirotte
  • Designed by Marco Müller
  • Hardcover
  • 22 x 28 cm
  • 112 pages, 80 colour plates
  • Steidl Hauser & Wirth
  • 978 3 86521 737 0
  • Oct 2008
  • £26.00 / $40.00 / 30.00€ / 33.00 CHF