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  • loan
  • Description

    This print belongs to the multi-part work Five Series of Repetitions. A complete scroll from the series (LI2007.63) is displayed in the next gallery. Though many of the motifs in this series of prints, and particularly those relating to landscape, appear in Xu Bing’s early drawings and prints their use here is quite different. Xu Bing has said that the Five Series of Repetitions include much of the groundwork for his Tianshu (Book From the Sky), 1987–1991, which he had begun working on at the time some of these individual prints were produced. They mark his move away from the socialist subjects and concerns of his early career, and his move into the world of contemporary art.

  • Details

    Five Series of Repetitions
    Associated place
    AsiaChinaHebei province Beijing (place of creation)
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (printmaker)
    Material and technique
    woodcut; ink inscription
    50.4 x 68.2 cm (height x width)
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    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. 68 on p. 107, pp. 77, 110, illus. p. 107 fig. 68

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