98
98
Li Chen
PURE LAND
Estimate
35,00045,000
LOT SOLD. 114,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
98
Li Chen
PURE LAND
Estimate
35,00045,000
LOT SOLD. 114,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Asian Art

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New York

Li Chen
B. 1963
PURE LAND

signed, inscribed and dated 1998


bronze
61 3/4 by 20 3/4 by 35 in. 157 by 53 by 89 cm.
This work is number 1 from an EA edition of 4.
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Catalogue Note

Li Chen is recognized as one of the leading Chinese sculptors of his generation, and the work on offer, “Pure Land,” is the most significant work in his series entitled “Energy of Emptiness.”  With an appreciative nod to Botero, the plump child depicted in the sculpture seems to float atop a mountain as though in a weightless, spiritual space.  The imaginative massing of the work emphasizes this weightlessness; the small mountaintop hardly seems an adequate support for a child of such girth!  The use of raw Chinese lacquer on bronze adds another improbable and intriguing dimension to “Pure Land,” a land in which heaviness and lightness are no longer opposites and levity is the only law. 

Contemporary Asian Art

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New York