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Zhang Huan - Ash Thinker No. 10

Zhang Huan
Ash Thinker No. 10, 2008
Ash, Steel, and wood, 19 x 20 1/4 x 15 3/4"
(48.3 x 51.4 x 40 cm)
Private collection, courtesy Pace Gallery

Zhang Huan intended for Ash Thinker No. 10 to depict an archetype rather than a specific person: "The figure depicts the spirited outlook of contemporary migrant workers. They, the same as me, are not native in Beijing or Shanghai, they just seek a livelihood in the big cities. I intend to extend my sympathy and blessings for them."