(ZHU MING, Chinese, B. 1938)
Taichi Series
signed and inscribed in Chinese; dated and numbered '95' 7/10'; (incised on lower back)
bronze sculpture
61 x 27.5 x 48.4 cm. (24 x 10 3/4 x 19 in.)
edition AP 7/10
Executed in 1995
Ipreciation, Singapore
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

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Lot Essay

The early works of Ju Ming's Taichi series frequently depict a single human figure, which through its gestures demonstrates the strength and artistic conception of Taichi. The intention of Taichi is based on yin and yang - binary opposites that are integrated are one, each side supporting the other's growth and development to multiply in endless and repeating cycles of reproduction and life. After 1980, Ju Ming began a new chapter in reinventing and rethinking the Taichi series. He began to create works depicting two figures fighting against each other, the first of this 'dual-fighting' series appearing in 1981. Ju's new approach to expressing the spirit of Taichi has become a favourite with collectors. In Taichi Series (Lot 183), Ju uses a more abstract approach to illustrate the different figures, pursuing the full presentation of the streams of consciousness. Without deliberately manipulating the natural texture of the surfaces between the blocks, he achieves an overall image of physical gestures. The two Taichi figures do not rush into the scene with rapid, fighting momentum; on the contrary, it is a collaborative practice of martial arts wherein each figure enhances the other's skills.

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