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Title

The open grasslands

1991

Artist

Su Xinping

China

1960 -

  • Details

    Other Title
    The Lonely Grasslands
    Alternative title
    空旷的草地 [Kongkuang de caodi]
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    People's Republic 1949 - → 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 Xinping 1991".

    Credit
    Purchased 1992
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    181.1992
    Copyright
    © SU Xinping

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    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., 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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