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Title

The open grasslands

1991


Artist

SU Xinping

Mongolia

1960 -


About

By the beginning of the 1990s Chinese artists were confidently experimenting with the various options available through the adaptation of Western styles to Chinese idioms, as can be seen in this lithograph by Su Xinping. Surrealism and photo-realism have been absorbed into the artist's repertoire, resulting in this disturbing and enigmatic evocation of an unspecified place in remote Inner-Mongolia. While the four figures are precisely drawn and modelled, their actions remain cryptic and the sharp spotlight from the viewer's right (traditionally the East) creates an ambiguous stage-like setting. Su Xinping's formal training in the arts began in 1979 at the painting department of the Tianjin Institute of Fine Arts. He worked as an art teacher in Inner Mongolia before resuming his studies and graduating from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts where he is now a lecturer.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 265.


Details


Other Title

The Lonely Grasslands


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph


Edition

5/30


Dimensions

56.5 x 79.0 cm; 68.0 x 89.0 cm mount


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Su Xing-Ping 1991".


Credit

Purchased 1992


Location

Not on display


Accession number

181.1992


Artist information

SU Xinping

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 265 (illus.).

Jackie Menzies, The People's Progress 20th Century Chinese Woodcuts, Sydney, 1996, 15 (illus.), 16.