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  • loan
  • Description

    This is one of Xu Bing’s earlier landscript paintings and the forms of the characters are very clear, for example 木 tree and 石 stone. The fact that every part of the landscape is written with a character resembling its meaning represents a progression from the small sketches he drew in Helsinki (see LI2007.65-70), in which characters with only slight pictorial content function as labels rather than visual representations.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (possible place of creation)
    North Americanorth AmericaUnited States of AmericaNew York State New York (possible place of creation)
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink on Nepalese paper
    50 x 173 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    On loan from the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection.
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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. 74 on p. 134, p. 117, illus. pp. 134-135 fig. 74 & p. 192 fig. 2

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