Flourishing Spirits: Xu Jiang & Shi Hui

By: Reifenscheid, Beate

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Contemporary sculptural artists Xu Jiang and Shi Hui each turn to the natural world for inspiration, yet their interpretations are fundamentally different, with the result that their works may best be considered in dialogue.
A comprehensive introduction to the works of these two award-winning Chinese artists, both based at the Academy of Art in Hangzhou, "Flourishing Spirits" places them in conversation around the concept of the "spirit" as developed within the tradition of German philosophy. Xu Jiang's most frequent subject is sunflowers. With blossoms that turn persistently to face the sun, sunflowers symbolize for the artist an entire generation faced with the need for reorientation after major historical upheaval. Often, he presents the flowers en masse, as with the 2011 work "It is possible for them to live together." In comparison, Shi Hui's works appear more delicate: soft, flowing forms that incorporate natural elements like paper, hemp, cotton, bamboo, and wood. Her monumental "Old Wall, "for instance, consists of tiny cubes constructed from paper pulp and metal thread. With more than one hundred illustrations, this book brings together works by these two important artists.

Title: Flourishing Spirits: Xu Jiang & Shi Hui

Author Name: Reifenscheid, Beate

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Hirmer Publishers:

ISBN Number: 3777420700

ISBN Number 13: 9783777420707

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z3777420700Z2

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