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Yang Jiechang (Chinese, b.1956)
LOT ID: 81474
Composition VIII (One Hundred Layers of Ink), 1992

Ink Wash / Sumi-e, Ink, on cotton gauze, Xuan paper, laid on board
63 х 43 in. (160.02 x 109.22 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, by the artist.
Lot description
"Composition VIII" (1992) is a stunning, abstract Chinese ink work by famous post-Modern Chinese artist Yang Jie-Chang (China, b. 1956). This work is in mint condition, in its original white frame when first exhibited in 1992 at Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris. Unframed dimensions are 63 x 43 inches (160 x 110 cm), larger as framed. This painting belongs to the artist's acclaimed "One Hundred Layers of Ink" series, in which the artist renounces all color, and representation. Yang applied many ‘hundreds’ of layers of black Chinese ink onto a rectilinear piece of cotton gauze which he then collages at the center of handmade Xuan paper, creating a dynamic visual contrast between black and white. The painting appears evenly black across the entire surface, yet the more textured sections pick up and reflect light, while the flatter, dark edges absorb it, in a visually menitative manner.

Yang Jie-Chang (b. 1956, Guangdong Province, China) lives and works in Paris, France, and Heidelberg, Germany. Yang studied at the Foshan Folk Art Research Institute in the 1970's, and in 1978, he entered the Chinese Painting Department at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA). After graduating, he became a teacher at GAFA. Selected exhibitions include:
The Venice Biennale (2003), the second Guangzhou Triennial (2005), the Liverpool Biennial (UK, 2006) the Istanbul Biennial (2007), "No- Shadow Kick", Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2008): Biennale di Venezia, Tibetan Pavilion, Edicola Notte, Rome, Italy, (2009): "On Ascension", Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris, France, (2010): "James Ensor- Hareng Saur: Ensor et l’Art Contemporain", Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Belgium and "The Vision of Contemporary Art", Artsonje Museum, Seoul, South Korea among many others.
Composition VIII (One Hundred Layers of Ink) by Yang Jiechang
  • Composition VIII (One Hundred Layers of Ink) by Yang Jiechang
  • Composition VIII (One Hundred Layers of Ink) by Yang Jiechang
  • Composition VIII (One Hundred Layers of Ink) by Yang Jiechang
  • Composition VIII (One Hundred Layers of Ink) by Yang Jiechang
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