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Loan Object
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Artist: Tai Xiangzhou, Chinese, born 1968

Genesis 16, from the series Genesis

ca. 2012

Framed scroll, ink on silk

without mounting: 39 3/4 × 27 1/16 in. (100.97 × 68.74 cm) with mounting: 53 1/2 × 33 3/4 in. (135.89 × 85.73 cm) framed: 58 × 38 1/4 in. (147.32 × 97.16 cm)
Lent by Mr. Shao F. and Cheryl L. Wang
ILE2013.19.1
In this painting from the Genesis series, the artist combined naturalistic biomorphic rocks with layers of ethereal gray brushwork to create an otherworldly range of formations that appear to be moving and growing. Tai, who is deeply engaged in astronomy and science, has studied both digital design and traditional Chinese painting techniques, and is known for his use of paper made with a tenth-century technique along with eighteenth-century ink. The long, dry brushstrokes that define the rocks and mountains echo the styles of tenth- and eleventh-century Chinese landscape paintings, and the overall composition is an allusion to Guo Xi’s Early Spring (1072), one of the most famous masterpieces in the history of Chinese painting.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Modern period (1912–present)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Shaofang Wang, April 2013; The Chinese Porcelain Company, NY, March 2013

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