Xu Zhen®️

b. 1977 in Shanghai, China
Working in Shanghai, China
Showing at Asia Society Museum and The Park Avenue Malls at East 70th Street
On view October 27, 2020, through February 7, 2021
and
March 16, 2021, through June 27, 2021
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019–20. Mineral-based composite (jesmonite), internal steel armature, mineral pigment, marble plinth. Two sculptures, each, without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); each, with plinth: H. 114 1/4 x  W. 35 1/2 x D. 35 1/2 in. (290 x 90 x 90 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: Asia Society Museum
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019–20. Mineral-based composite (jesmonite), internal steel armature, mineral pigment, marble plinth. Two sculptures, each, without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); each, with plinth: H. 114 1/4 x  W. 35 1/2 x D. 35 1/2 in. (290 x 90 x 90 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: Asia Society Museum
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019–20. Mineral-based composite (jesmonite), internal steel armature, mineral pigment, marble plinth. Two sculptures, each, without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); each, with plinth: H. 114 1/4 x  W. 35 1/2 x D. 35 1/2 in. (290 x 90 x 90 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: Asia Society Museum
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019–20. Mineral-based composite (jesmonite), internal steel armature, mineral pigment, marble plinth. Two sculptures, each, without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); each, with plinth: H. 114 1/4 x  W. 35 1/2 x D. 35 1/2 in. (290 x 90 x 90 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: Asia Society Museum
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019–20. Mineral-based composite (jesmonite), internal steel armature, mineral pigment, marble plinth. Two sculptures, each, without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); each, with plinth: H. 114 1/4 x  W. 35 1/2 x D. 35 1/2 in. (290 x 90 x 90 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: Asia Society Museum
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019–20. Bronze, internal steel armature, paint, concrete. Without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); with plinth: H. 149 5/8 x  W. 59 x D. 59 in. (380 x 150 x 150 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: The Park Avenue Malls at East 70th Street
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019–20. Bronze, internal steel armature, paint, concrete. Without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); with plinth: H. 149 5/8 x  W. 59 x D. 59 in. (380 x 150 x 150 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: The Park Avenue Malls at East 70th Street
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019–20. Bronze, internal steel armature, paint, concrete. Without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); with plinth: H. 149 5/8 x  W. 59 x D. 59 in. (380 x 150 x 150 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: The Park Avenue Malls at East 70th Street
Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019-2020

Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix (detail), 2019–20. Bronze, internal steel armature, paint, concrete. Without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); with plinth: H. 149 5/8 x  W. 59 x D. 59 in. (380 x 150 x 150 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Location: The Park Avenue Malls at East 70th Street
XU ZHEN®, Eternity - Painted Terracotta Statue of Heavenly Guardian, Sleeping Muse, 2016

XU ZHEN®, Eternity - Painted Terracotta Statue of Heavenly Guardian, Sleeping Muse, 2016. Bronze, mineral composites, mineral pigments, steel. H. 79 1/8 x W. 33 5/8 x D. 14 5/3 in. (201 x 85.5 x 45 cm); H. 82 5/8 x W. 37 3/8 x D. 17 5/8 in. (210 x 95 x 45 cm); H. 86 1/2 x W. 38 1/8 x D. 19 5/8 in. (220 x 97 x 50 cm; H. 92 7/8 x W. 40 1/8 x D. 23 1/2 in. (236 x 102 x 60 cm); H. 99 1/8 x W. 49 1/8 x D. 30 1/4 in. (252 x 125 x 77 cm); Edition of 3. © XU ZHEN ®. Courtesy XU ZHEN ®. Photograph courtesy of XU ZHEN®

Installation view

Xu Zhen®️. Installation View: Movement Field, 2018, James Cohan, New York. © XU ZHEN®. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photographer: Phoebe d'Huerle

This work was commissioned by Asia Society Museum, New York for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone.


Xu Zhen’s practice incorporates provocative sculptures, paintings, installations, and interventions that confront sociopolitical taboos in contemporary China and belie western assumptions of Chinese art and commerce. The artist received a degree from the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute in 1996. In 2009, Xu subsumed his individual artistic identity to become MadeIn, an “art creation company.” In 2013, MadeIn launched the brand Xu Zhen, redundantly making Xu a product of his own corporation. This circuitous, multifaceted identity humorously subverts notions relating to craftsmanship, originality versus mass production, appropriation and authorship, agency, and the effects of digital-era globalization on the art market. 


Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix is a suite of three nearly identical sculptures. Two appear inside the Asia Society Museum galleries and, for Part 2 of the Triennial, a third will be placed on the Park Avenue median adjacent to Asia Society. Each cast is taken from replicas of an eleventh-century male figure from Cambodia that is in the Asia Society Museum Collection and the second-century Roman figure Statue of Venus Genetrix, which is in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The appropriation and replication of these classical statues, deemed to be among the highest benchmarks of western and Asian civilizations and included in iconic western collections, addresses entrenched Eurocentric hierarchies within the art-historical canon while also subtly alluding to complex issues related to provenance, patrimony, and connoisseurship in the United States, especially in relation to historical collecting practices of traditional, non-western art. 


Commission partially supported by Twin Farms in honor of Thurston Twigg-Smith (Twigg) 


Supported in-kind by James Cohan Gallery

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