Contemporary sculptural artists Xu Jiang and Shi Hui each turn to the natural world for inspiration, yet their interpretations are fundamentally different, with the result that their works may best be considered in dialogue.
A comprehensive introduction to the works of these two award-winning Chinese artists, both based at the Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Flourishing Spirits places them in conversation around the concept of the “spirit” as developed within the tradition of German philosophy. Xu Jiang’s most frequent subject is sunflowers. With blossoms that turn persistently to face the sun, sunflowers symbolize for the artist an entire generation faced with the need for reorientation after major historical upheaval. Often, he presents the flowers en masse, as with the 2011 work It is possible for them to live together. In comparison, Shi Hui’s works appear more delicate: soft, flowing forms that incorporate natural elements like paper, hemp, cotton, bamboo, and wood. Her monumental Old Wall, for instance, consists of tiny cubes constructed from paper pulp and metal thread. With more than one hundred illustrations, this book brings together works by these two important artists.
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About the Author
Beate Reifenscheid is director of the Leopold Museum in Koblenz, Germany, and the author or editor of several books, including IntroSpection, also published by Hirmer Publishers.
Table of Contents
Symbolic Nature by Beate Reifenschneid
Blossoming Spirits by Gao Shiming
The Thread and the Sunflower
Material and Symbolisd in the Artwork of Shi Hui and Xu Jiang by Claus Mewes
Bathing in Life Giving Fire
Longing for Life by Xu Jiang
Complexity and Poetics of the Painting by Xu Jiang
Biography of Xu Jiang
Quiet Water Runs Deep
From ‘Spiritual Experience’ to ‘Cultural Experieince’: The Art of Shi Hui by Fan Di’an
Poetic Simplicity: Shi Hui’s Work and Its Overtone by Fan Jingzhong
Biography of Shi Hui