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Three sketches of mountain sheep

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  • Description

    These sketches were completed in November 1985, at the end of a year that had seen much debate about the direction of art in China, and the emergence of the ‘New Wave’ artists. It was also in 1985 that an exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg’s work was held in Beijing. This sketch retains the simplicity of Xu Bing’s woodcuts while showing a new direction in its patternmaking and inversions of black and white.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    November 1985
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink on paper
    mount 39 x 55 cm (height x width)
    drawing 23 x 37 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by Xu Bing's Studio.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 28 February-19 May 2013, Xu Bing Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing, Shelagh Vainker, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 42 on p. 82, pp. 23, 96, illus. p. 83 fig. 42

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