Xu Bing

Yi Tiao Da-he (A Great River)

Xu Bing

Yi Tiao Da-he (A Great River)

Date

1986

Edition Size

50

Media

Wood block

Dimensions

22 × 28 in

Collection


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Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Xu Bing pursued new approaches to printmaking, first by incorporating the process of making prints as a subject in his works, and second by pushing the limits of the medium. The 1987 woodcuts titled ‘five series of repetitions‘ for example, record the stages of carving the block of wood prior to printing, a process that is usually obliterated. For these works, he made an impression of each state – beginning with a solid black print from an uncarved block and ending with a blank white ‘print’ representing the block after the raised surface had been completely carved away. The prints were mounted successively in a strip, progressing from nothing to something and back to nothing, they hint at the cycle of life.

Only a full set of ten prints available for $220,000.