AK-47 (b&w)

2007

Object

Artist

Zhang Dali, Chinese, 1963-
Born: Harbin, China
Work Locations: Beijing, China

Country

Object Info

Object: sculpture
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2015.637

Medium/Technique

Neon

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 72 in, 182.8800 cm; width: 36 in, 91.4400 cm; depth: 7 1/4 in, 18.4150 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

(c) Zhang Dali

Extended Info

“AK-47” is a red neon sign in which the title is repeated 22 times, in two columns of eleven.  “At one time in his covert art making career, Zhang Dali took on the pseudonyms AK-47 (as in the Russian assault weapon) and 18K (as in 18-karat gold) – perhaps alluding to the fact that destruction and riches are inextricably linked within the high-speed economy of the “new” China. (Radar, 180)

Zhang was born in 1963 in Harbin, China. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1987 with a BA in painting. He currently lives and works in Beijing. 

© Zhang Dali