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Stable and rural dwelling in Handan

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  • Description

    This is a finished drawing of which several preparatory sketches also exist. Xu Bing produced it while preparing his degree project. Typically, it depicts no figures, and the water on the exterior of the ceramic drinking bowl at the left shows that a horse has recently drunk from it. The characters pasted onto the gatepost are part of an auspicious couplet, in a widespread rural custom.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChina Hebei province (Handan) (place of creation)
    AsiaChina Hebei province (Handan) (subject)
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (artist)
    Material and technique
    charcoal on paper
    25 x 40.5 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    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. 12 on p. 42, pp. 15, 16, 18, 44, illus. p. 43 fig. 12

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