Hsiang-Ning Han: “Corcoran”, 1972. Signed and dated on the reverse. Oil on canvas. 138×229 cm.
“Corcoran”, 1972. Signed and dated on the reverse. Oil on canvas. 138×229 cm. Unframed.
Provenance: O. K. Harris Works of Art, New York 1973, cat. no. 45 (exhibition label at the reverse).
Hsiang-Ning Han graduated from the Department of Fine Arts (National Taiwan Normal University) with a censored exhibition of surrealist works in 1961 to join The Fifth Moon Group, which played a central role in Chinese contemporary art. Founded in 1956 in Taipei, the group was groundbreaking, innovative and bold in its introduction of western influences into the classic Chinese painting. At this point, Hsiang-Ning Han worked with a completely abstract idiom and participated in several international exhibitions. After having emigrated to the United States in 1967 and settling in New York, he began painting in a more photorealistic style. Characteristic motifs from this period include large street scenes or cityscapes, where he uses spray paint technology. In 1971, he exhibited on his own at French & Company in New York and later the same year participated in the group exhibition 'Invisible Image Exhibition' at the School of Visual Arts. From 1971 to 1984 Han was represented by the gallery O.K. Harris in New York. During the 1980s he visited Taiwan and China, and in 1990 he exhibited the 'Tiananmen Square' suite, which had been painted as a response to the student uprisings in China in 1989. In 2000 Han moved back to China.
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Paintings & sculptures, 6 June 2017
Hsiang-Ning Han (b. Chongqing 1939)
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