Xu Zhen (produced by MadeIn Company) est. 2009  / Under Heaven -- 3228IN0144
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about this work

Xu Zhen’s Under Heaven paintings utilize a pastry chef’s icing applicator to apply oil pigment in thick, ornamental impasto to aluminum-backed canvas. The title of this group of paintings is both a literal translation of a Chinese word meaning “the whole world”—evoking a universe or aerial view in the dense composition—and a glib reference to Jeff Koons’ infamously self- indulgent Made In Heaven series. The Under Heaven series is both a seductive confection and a serious contribution to the ongoing narrative of abstract painting; it readily functions as both, with the artist clearly realizing his ambition to "have one’s cake and eat it too." 

Xu Zhen (produced by MadeIn Company) (est. 2009 , China)

Under Heaven -- 3228IN0144, 2014

Oil on canvas, aluminum
94.93 x 139.86 x 10.95 cm.
37 3/8 x 55 1/16 x 4 5/16 in.
Provenance:
James Cohan Gallery, NY New York, USA  Current Location:
Hong Kong - S PaintingFar East

publications

Sam Gaskin , All Hail Xu Zhen: Report from Art021, Shanghai 2014
Ocula (Online), December 1, 2014
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Sam Gaskin , ART021 is the Chinese Fair You Need to Know About
Artnet (Online), November 17, 2014
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Michael Young , Xu Zhen
Art Asia Pacific (Online), May/June 2014
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Colin Chinnery , Mergers & Acquisitions
Frieze (Magazine), May 2014
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