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Hongtu, Zhang (Artist) & Laster, Paul (Contributor). ZHANG HONGTU: DIALOGUE WITH THE TAIPEI PALACE MUSEUM. Taipei, Taiwan: Lin & Ken Gallery, Inc. , 2004. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 46 pages. As New.

Exhibition Catalog. One of Zhang Hongtu's most important achievements. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The Catalog is now rare. A brilliant production by Zhang Hongtu and Lin & Ken Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by Zhang Hongtu. Text by Paul Laster in the English original and Chinese translation. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Taipei, Taiwan to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Lin & Ken Gallery Taipei in 2004. The show travelled on to other major venues, including the United States. Presents "Zhang Hongtu: Dialogue With The Taipei Palace Museum". East Meets East, and the twain unite and part ways at the same time, in post-modern fashion. "A pioneer in contemporary Chinese art, Zhang created the first example of China Pop art. His oeuvre is as diverse, intellectually complex, and engaging as it is entertaining. From painting and sculpture to computer-generated works and multi-media projects, Zhang's art is equally rich in terms of China's history and its current events, containing profound reflections on China's oldest cultural habits and contemporary preoccupations. He provides a model of cross-cultural interaction designed to make Asian and Western audiences look more closely at each other, and at themselves, in order to recognize the beliefs they hold dear and the unexamined values they adhere to. From his early work in China during the Cultural Revolution to his decades as an artist in New York, Zhang reflects the complex attitudes of a scholar-artist toward modernity, as well as toward Asian and Western societies and finally, himself " (Publisher's blurb). Placing Zhang Hongtu in the context of his cultural milieu both in China and the Chinese-immigrant community in America is essential. Often compared to Ai Wei Wei and Liu Bolin, his contemporaries, Hongtu's adaptations of Classial Chinese art to reflect a contemporary sensibility, his relation to Cubism and Social Realism, and his visual critique of China's ongoing environmental crises represent very different approaches and concerns from his equally famous and brilliant colleagues. An absolute "must-have" title for Zhang Hongtu collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifullly signed and dated in black ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the artist: "Zhang Hongtu 02/28/2016". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant Chinese-American artists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO LIU BOLIN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9578238274. $80.00

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