Wang Tiande (b.1960)
Chinese Clothing
one seal of the artist
mix media and ink on paper
133.5 x 66cm. (52 9/16 x 25 15/16 in.)
Painted in 1998

Lot Essay

In Chinese Clothing artist Wang Tiande invites the viewer on a journey to explore the presentation and cultural imaging of Chinese Contemporary Ink. A lit cigarette, in lieu of a conventional paintbrush, is used here calligraphically on a piece of coarsely textured parchment paper to simulate an ancient Chinese garment.

Garments and clothes as a whole defines the cultural roots of mankind: they establish a timeline of a shared Chinese tradition, humanism and history. The partially hollowed-out lines on the upper side of the garment create an illusion of a weather-toughened tablet. The piece's deceptively casual conception belies its sophisticated production process, and it actualizes the delicate texture of ancient silk textiles. Wedding the essence of traditions with modern art, and resurrecting it with a new outlook, Wang offers the viewer a refreshing perspective on Chinese folk cultures with a visually impactful, contemporary objet d'art.

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