586
586
Xu Bing
SPRING DAWN (TRIPTYCH)
Estimate
1,000,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
586
Xu Bing
SPRING DAWN (TRIPTYCH)
Estimate
1,000,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Ink Art : Journey

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Hong Kong

Xu Bing
B.1955
SPRING DAWN (TRIPTYCH)
executed in 2003
signed and titled in Square Word Calligraphy, and marked with one seal of the artist

Note:

Spring Dawn, Poem by Meng Hao Ran

I scarcely know it was dawn, so sound was the sleep of spring.
Everywhere there was birdsong.
All night long was the sound of wind and rain.
How many flowers have fallen to the ground?

Meng Hao Ran was a Chinese poet during the Tang dynasty.
Unsuccessful in his official career, he mainly lived in and wrote about his birthplace.

Calligraphy by Xu Bing.


ink on paper, framed
each 136 by 68 cm; 53½ by 26¾ in.
overall 136 by 204 cm; 53½ by 80¼ in.
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Provenance

Goedhuis Contemporary, New York
Private European Collection
The Origo Collection

Exhibited

United Kingdom, London, Saatchi Gallery, Ink: The Art of China, 19 June - 5 July, 2012, p. 42

Literature

Kuo, Jason C., Chinese Ink Painting Now, Distributed Art Publishers, New York, USA; Timezone 8, Hong Kong, China, 2010, pp.256-257

Catalogue Note

An internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Xu Bing uses ancient methods of printmaking and calligraphy to explore new dimensions for contemporary Chinese art, and produces seminal artworks that focus on issues of language and meaning. Beginning in 1994, Xu embarked on his Squareword Calligraphy series, which combines the English alphabet into square forms resembling Chinese characters.

Spring Dawn is an English translation of a Chinese poem by Meng Haoran (689-740 C.E.), an influential Tang dynasty poet distinguished for his stylistic conventions of poetry focusing on nature and detailed observations of everyday life. The inscribed poem describes waking up on a spring morning after a storm and lyrically expressing sentiments of love and heartache for spring.

Contemporary Ink Art : Journey

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Hong Kong