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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 and#147;spiritand#8221; as developed within the tradition of German philosophy. Xu Jiangand#8217;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 Huiand#8217;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.

Synopsis:

Xu Jiangand#8217;s central subject is sunflowers. These plants, which always turn their blossoms towards the sun, have become for the artist a symbol of an entire generation: a generation that is faced with the need for re-orientation, having been shaped by coming to terms with historical upheaval. His It is possible for them to live together is an 8-metre-high field of sunflowers. Xu-Jiangand#8217;s sunflowers were featured at documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012. The work of the artist Shi Hui appears much more delicate in comparison. From the beginning it has dealt with the subject of nature by treating sculptures as soft, flowing forms and integrating plant elements such as encyclopaedias of flora. In their dialogue both artists reflect on the concept of and#147;spiritand#8221; as developed in German philosophy.

About the Author

Beate Reifenscheid is director of the Leopold Museum in Koblenz, Germany, and the author or editor of several books.

Table of Contents

Foreword

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Symbolic Nature by Beate Reifenschneid

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Blossoming Spirits by Gao Shiming

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Thread and the Sunflower

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Material and Symbolisd in the Artwork of Shi Hui and Xu Jiang by Claus Mewes

Bathing in Life Giving Fire

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Longing for Life by Xu Jiang

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Complexity and Poetics of the Painting by Xu Jiang

Biography of Xu Jiang

Quiet Water Runs Deep

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; From and#8216;Spiritual Experienceand#8217; to and#8216;Cultural Experieinceand#8217;: The Art of Shi Hui by Fan Diand#8217;an

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Poetic Simplicity: Shi Huiand#8217;s Work and Its Overtone by Fan Jingzhong

Biography of Shi Hui

Product Details

ISBN:
9783777420707
Author:
Reifenscheid, Beate
Publisher:
Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Author:
Reifenscheid, Beate
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
Art - Sculpture
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
121 color plates
Pages:
282
Dimensions:
11.5 x 9 x 1.4 in

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Xu Jiangand#8217;s central subject is sunflowers. These plants, which always turn their blossoms towards the sun, have become for the artist a symbol of an entire generation: a generation that is faced with the need for re-orientation, having been shaped by coming to terms with historical upheaval. His It is possible for them to live together is an 8-metre-high field of sunflowers. Xu-Jiangand#8217;s sunflowers were featured at documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012. The work of the artist Shi Hui appears much more delicate in comparison. From the beginning it has dealt with the subject of nature by treating sculptures as soft, flowing forms and integrating plant elements such as encyclopaedias of flora. In their dialogue both artists reflect on the concept of and#147;spiritand#8221; as developed in German philosophy.
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