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Scholar's Rock

Scholar's Rock
Scroll, mounted and framed
Ink on paper
182 x 145 cm. (71 5/8 x 57 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2007
From a private Italian collection.
Tai Xiangzhou: Mind Without Discrimination, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong, 2012, pp. 14-15.
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Selected exhibitions
2014 Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Macau (solo)
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong (group)
2013 The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, USA (solo)
2012 Gallery 8, London, UK (group)
2011 Peking University, Beijing, China (solo)
798 Art Bridge Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
ArtForum in der Kurhaus Kolonnade, Wiesbaden, Germany (group)
2010 Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (group)
2009 National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (group)

Notable collections
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, Beijing, China
Zhonghua Book Company, Beijing, China

Born in Ningxia in 1968, Tai Xiangzhou received training in calligraphy and began studying traditional ink painting with Liu Dan in 2004, before gaining his doctoral degree from the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University in 2012.
A seasoned veteran in the conservation and restoration of classical Chinese paintings, Tai is celebrated for his scrupulous explorations of the materiality of ink and paper in his artistic practice. Inspired by his experience with and research on the history of materials, he recreates ancient ink from the Qianlong period and Cheng Xin Tang paper from Southern Tang. The meticulousness and vibrancy with which Tai renders his subjects - hyper-realistic scholar's rocks, lofty mountains and fantastical landscapes - reconfigure the age-old themes into modern spectacles of transcendental beauty. Tai's anachronism is firmly bound to the classical tradition of ink painting, albeit with a contemporary twist.

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