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Cave dwelling in Handan

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  • Description

    This cave dwelling is cut directly into rock. Most homes of this type are cut into the loess cliffs further north and west of Handan. The drawing exemplifies Xu Bing’s stated preference at the time for depicting simple, everyday things: shoes, tools, baskets, and vegetables are all shown. Xu Bing later made a larger lithograph of this drawing.

  • 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
    27.5 x 39 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. 13 on p. 44, pp. 15, 16, illus. p. 44 fig. 13

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