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Xu Jiang

(1955 )
XU JIANG Twelve Views Of A Sunflower Field Xi

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Nov 24, 2013
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Xu Jiang - Twelve Views Of A Sunflower Field Xi

Xu Jiang - Twelve Views Of A Sunflower Field Xi

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Xu Jiang (B. 1955) Twelve Views of a Sunflower Field XI oil on canvas 180 x 199.5 cm. (70 7/8 x 78 5/8 in.) Painted in 2006

许江 葵园十二景之朔风流 油彩 画布 2006年作

Exhibited

Zhejiang, China, Zhejiang Art Museum, A Tribute to the Garden, 2010. Taipei, Taiwan, Lin & Keng Gallery, Xu Jiang Slo Exhibition, 2008. Taipei, Taiwan, Lin & Keng Gallery, Old Trunk, New Branch, A New Spring, 2008. Taipei, Taiwan, Lin & Keng Gallery, City to City, 2007.
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Xu Jiang graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1982 and went to Germany in the late 1980s to further his studies. Xu's generation faced a 'post-colonial' West; the world was undergoing globalisation, with the boundaries between 'global' and 'local' becoming intertwined and integrated. In this context, Xu came face to face with the experiment of new media in Western avant-garde art. This upheaval resulted in Xu developing the concept of the 'double return' - in terms of thinking, the return from Western knowledge to traditional culture, and, in terms of artwork, the return from experimentation with cross-media forms to a sense of self-enlightenment in paintings. This artistic journey of return is a continuation of the motto 'Creating arts of the time' advocated by Lin Fengmian, founder of the National Art Academy in Hangzhou, heading towards 'the path of national arts' opened up by Lin. Sunflower fields evoke the idea of 'homeland' for Xu Jiang. His paintings embody the sunflower field germinating in his heart. They are vast, magnificent compositions that reflect, broadcast and extend his inner world. Twelve Views of a Sunflower Field was created between 2004 and 2006. Xu Jiang uses sombre colours and powerful brushstrokes in depicting the boundlessness of the sunflower field. The sunflowers do not face the sun but the point from which it rose. At the end of the summer, with the vibrancy drained from their yellows and greens, the dying sunflowers stand as figures of perseverance. But they still hold and protect their seeds, creating a sense of the co-existence of death and life, the past and the future. For Chinese traditional culture to persevere in the face of globalisation, it needs to be deconstructed and reconstructed, a process that brings rejuvenation. Through Xu's magnificent paintings, we experience persistence, perseverance and the vicissitudes of the time, and insights into the experiences of life. Xu guides us into historical spaces to help us find the path home.
Xu Jiang - A Myriad Trees And Strange Peaks

Xu Jiang - A Myriad Trees And Strange Peaks

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Xu Jian (18th Century)
A MYRIAD TREES AND STRANGE PEAKS
signed Zaoxue Xue Jian, dated wushen (1788), early summer, at the age of seventy-seven sui, with a dedication, and four seals of the artist, xu jian zhi yin, xiao xian, zao xue lao ren, deng wei shan qiao. Titleslip by Wang Shi (19th century), signed Suiyan Wang Shi
ink and color on paper, hanging scroll
151.1 by 58.1 cm. 59 1/2 by 22 7/8 in.
Xu Jiang - Landscapes Of History: Wall And Power

Xu Jiang - Landscapes Of History: Wall And Power

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Lot number: 3368
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XU JIANG

(Chinese, B. 1955)

Landscapes of History: Wall and Power

oil on canvas, triptych

overall: 199.5 x 300 cm. ( 78 1/2 x 118 1/8 in.)

Painted in 2000
Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Press, The Art of Xu Jiang: Vistas, Hangzhou, China, 2006 (illustrated, pp. 254-255). Xu Jiang, exh. cat. Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 2008 (illustrated, pp. 30 & 31).
Taipei, Taiwan, Lin & Keng Gallery, Xu Jiang, 2008. Taipei, Taiwan, Tina Keng Gallery, Peerless Grace: Hangzhou National Academy of Fine Arts, 6-28 March 2010.
Xu Jiang - Twelve Views Of A Sunflower Field Xii

Xu Jiang - Twelve Views Of A Sunflower Field Xii

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XU JIANG (Chinese, B. 1955) Twelve Views of a Sunflower Field XII oil on canvas 180 x 200 cm. (70 7/8 x 78 3/4 in.) Painted in 2005
Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Press, The Art of Xu Jiang - Vistas, China, 2006 (illustrated, p. 166 (large sized edition); p. 174 (small sized edition)). Zhejiang People's Fine Art Publishing House, Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works by Xu Jiang, Hangzhou, China, 2009 (illustrated, p. 186). People's Fine Arts Publishing, To Sunflower Garden: Works by Xu Jiang, Beijing, China, 2010 (illustrated, p. 118).
Guangdong, China, Guangdong Museum of Art, The Art of Xu Jiang - Vistas, 2007. Hebei, China, Qinhuangdao Museum of Art, Expanding & Integration: China's Modern Oil Painting Exhibition, August 2008. Beijing, China, National Art Museum of China, Expanding & Integration: China's Modern Oil Painting Exhibition, October 2008. Shanghai, China, Shanghai Art Museum, Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works by Xu Jiang, 2009. Hanzhou, China, Zhejiang Art Museum, Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works by Xu Jiang, 2010.
"Some say all arts tend to be music, but now, I think all arts tend to be poetry. Poetry encompasses the realm of music and the content of literature, but here it does not refer to literary paintings, but the whole poetic content of the painting itself. In my opinion, the paintings of Xu Jiang possess poetic power. Therefore there is always a sense of vicissitudes in his paintings, feeling like looking into the distance from a high mountain, looking at the vicissitudes of history and of remoteness. He strived to reveal the essence of human life, presenting a series of experimental artworks."@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ - Wu Guanzhong
Xu Jiang was born in 1955. He graduated from China Academy of Fine Arts in 1982, and was chosen and sent to further his studies in Germany in the late 1980s. Leaving for the West, Xu Jiang's generation of Chinese faced a 'post-colonial' West, while the world was experiencing globalization, the boundaries between 'global' and 'local' were intertwined and mutually integrated. At the same time, Xu Jiang came face to face with the experiment of new media in Western avant-garde art. All these changes, nevertheless, prompted Xu Jiang's "double return", of which in terms of thinking is the return from Western knowledge to traditional culture, and in terms of artworks is the return from the experiment of cross-media forms to a sense of self-enlightenment in paintings.' This kind of 'returning' art journey, is a continuation of 'Creating arts of the time', a motto advocated by Lin Fengmian, the founder of the National Art Academy in Hangzhou, heading towards 'the path of national arts' opened up by Lin.
To Xu Jiang, the Sunflower field is his idea of 'homeland'. Xu Jiang's painting is a constant send-out of the sunflower field germinating in his heart, adopting a vast and magnificent composition that reflects his inner world which continues to extend. Twelve Views of a Sunflower Field was created between 2004 and 2006.
"XII is the last picture from Twelve Views of a Sunflower Field. Now the Twelve Views has had its scale, the air of melancholy in the distant autumn garden has already been lessened, but the romantic expression of nostalgia has not come to the end and is still lingering upon. After all, nostalgia is only a guise, the grief of time is like an annotation, and the real narration is all about the true feelings of the wilderness. However the wilderness is not mere barren, the abrupt withdrawal of the 'prosperous life' is the fatal desolation. Until then, the wilderness itself is laminated with various traces, birth and death happen in the same body, sadness and happiness come mixed up in a pair, deep affection and forced departure intertwine like tangled plants, dazzling, and sorrowful as well. The original thought was to laugh at the absurdity of this intertwining of flowers and shadow, but the lingering and boundless chant of life at heart is insuppressible, and at last it results in this atmosphere of indulging dusk and the condensed sentiments between the heaven and the earth. Absurdity is difficult to grow, but melancholy is spreading, the endless sorrow of the wilderness finally becomes the leisurely environment of the world."
- Xu Jiang
Twelve Views of a Sunflower Field XII is an important piece in this series, and has been displayed in many important exhibitions. Xu Jiang chose the colour of sombre brown and used powerful brushstrokes to depict the boundless sunflower field. Growing tall from the ground, the sunflowers are not facing the sun but towards the same direction that the sun has risen from. The blossoming sunflowers have gone through the summer, with the brilliant colours of yellow and green all worn away, the aged sunflowers stand in perseverance. The dying sunflowers' immense protection for their seeds creates a sense of co-existence of both the passed away and the future, melancholy and solemnity. Just as Chinese traditional culture in face of the gigantic wheel of globalization, it must be determined to reconstruct in order to be rejuvenated and reserved. Looking at Xu Jiang's paintings, we experience their magnificence, persistence, perseverance and vicissitudes. These bits and pieces of experiences gained by looking at the paintings are also experiences of life, the intended guidance provide by the artist to lead the audience into the historical spaces, setting foot on the way to home.
Xu Jiang - Autumn Rock

Xu Jiang - Autumn Rock

Original 1993
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Lot number: 145
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XU Jiang (Chinese, b. 1955)

PrintAutumn Rock

1993
Oil on canvas
100 x 160 cm
Signed on the reverse
Xu Jiang
and titled
Autumn Rock
in Chinese, inscribed
China Academy of Art
in Chinese,
160x100 cm

Estimate:
TWD 6,200,000 - 7,800,000
USD 206,700 - 260,000
HKD 1,632,000 - 2,053,000

Sold:
TWD 6,000,000
USD 209,278
HKD 1,626,016

EXHIBITED:

12 Contemporary Chinese Oil Painters
, New York and Los Angeles, 1995
ILLUSTRATED:

Selected Works of 12 Contemporary Chinese Oil Painters
, Tianjin People's Fine Arts Publishing House, Tianjin, 1995, color illustrated, p. 69

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