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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Chikuden

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...position on to his son and withdrew from public life to live from poetry and painting. He went to Osaka and Kyoto, where he learned the Nanga technique, and became a friend and protegé of the historian San'yo ( 1780–1832 ). He spent the rest of his life between his native town and the Kyoto-Osaka region. Chikuden was deeply immersed in Chinese culture and gifted with a deep understanding of Chinese pictorial styles. He favoured narrow, vertical formats, constructing the picture around repeated designs - bare trees, bushes, plum blossom, areas of leaves - the...

Huang Quan

Huang Quan (c.900)   Reference library

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...by a Willow Pond (thick colours on paper, long handscroll, title and name of Huang Quan inscribed in the style of Emperor Huizong, numerous seals and inscriptions, the oldest dating from 1032 ) Taipei (National Palace Mus.): Birds and Grains (album sheet); Four Crows in a Bare Willow and Two Ducks in the Water, under Snow (album sheet, probably from the Southern Song) Bibliography Yang Xin and others: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting , Yale University Press,...

Tanaka, Yasushi

Tanaka, Yasushi (1920)   Reference library

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...his life his work bore the traces of his first thrilling encounter with the vastness of the American West, which stood in such contrast to the country of his childhood. And although he preferred the techniques of the French School to traditional Japanese techniques, his work is free of schoolish influence, the purity and harmony of his colours being learnt from nature directly. He exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and at the Salon d'Automne, the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon des Tuileries. Museum and Gallery Holdings Tokyo: Bare Back...

Zhang Sengyou

Zhang Sengyou (>c.500–550)   Reference library

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...a bare background and alternate with passages of text. Zhang Sengyou is also the subject of various tales, one of which goes as follows. One day, decorating the walls of a temple with four dragons, he omitted to paint in the pupils of their eyes. This was not from carelessness, however, but from prudence. But since no-one was willing to take heed of his warnings, he added a touch to the eyes of two of the dragons, which immediately fled heavenward astride thunderclouds. For by adding the pupils he opened the dragons' eyes and thereby brought them to life,...

Kuncan

Kuncan (1657–1673)   Reference library

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...on a Terrace and Looking at the Water Below, with Great Pines and Fog in the Valley Cambridge, MA (Fogg AM, Harvard University): Mountains and Pavilions in Pine Forest (poem dated 1674) Cologne (Mus. für ostasiatische Kunst): Stream Snaking through Mountains, Leafy Trees on Bare Rocks ( 1667 , artist's inscription dated 1667) Oxford (Mus. of Far Eastern Art): Riverscape in Heavily Wooded Mountains (inscription of the artist, attributed) Shanghai: Path Winding between Rocks in the Mountains (dated 1663 , long colophon by the artist) Stockholm...

Kazan, Watanabe

Kazan, Watanabe (1793)   Reference library

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...a comparatively realist touch, which grew stronger as the European influ-ence reinforced his desire for objectivity and truth. His own talent can be seen less in his official works than in his many sketchbooks, sketches and studies, which combine freshness, freedom, dynamic yet bare lines, poetry and European principles. His portraits are in the front rank of Japanese painting, maintaining a balance between ancestral tradition and the new realism. His subjects are captured on paper with an extreme economy of means and bold simplification, all their...

Landy, Michael

Landy, Michael (13 May 1963)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators

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...for his large-scale installation works which address issues of contemporary consumerism and the place of materiality in art. In projects such as Market ( 1990 ), Closing Down Sale ( 1992 ) and Scrapheap Services ( 1995 ), he stripped outlets of their products, exposing the bare apparatus that orchestrates, nurtures and absorbs consumer values. The value and usefulness of humans and objects are also central themes in Landy’s work. In 2001 , he produced his seminal work Break Down , which consisted of the display and inventory of every item he owned,...

Li, Cheng

Li, Cheng (>c.960–990)   Reference library

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...the viewer. The bare trees stand out against a background of light mist, their outlines black and precise in the foreground before slowly fading into pale silhouettes in the distance. In this conception, landscape is no longer the juxtaposition of meticulously rendered and warmly coloured elements it was during the Tang dynasty; now it is a single whole redolent with a fine, internal cohesion. The artist is at one with nature and, as written in some ancient texts, the forms that he projects upon the silk surge up as if from the source of life. It should be...

Wang Hui

Wang Hui (1632)   Reference library

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... (dated 1694 , ink on paper); Landscape (dated 1696 , after Fan Guan, signed); Riverscape with Islands and Promontories (dated 1697 , ink and colour on paper, after Zhao Danian); Mount Hua (dated 1703 , after Wang Meng, signed); Pavilions on the Bank with Scholar and Bare Trees among Bamboo and a Flight of Crows (Autumn Trees and Crows) (dated 1711 , ink and light colour on paper) Boston (MFA): A Series of Ten Paintings (signed and dated 1689 , fan) Cleveland (MA): Stands of Bamboo and Distant Mountains (dated 1694 , ink on paper, hanging...

Ma Yuan

Ma Yuan (1190–1230)   Reference library

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...by the River; Listening to Autumn (signed album leaf); Contemplating the Moon in the Pines (album leaf); Landscape with Old Trees (fan) Boston (MFA): Two Scholars and an Attendant under a Plum Tree (ink and light colour on silk, fan, mounted as a hanging scroll signed); Bare Willows and Distant Mountains (ink and light colour on silk, fan, mounted as album leaf, signed); Boat near a House on a Wooded Embankment Overlooking a River (ink and light colour on silk, signed hanging scroll); Winter Landscape, Man and Child in Waterside Pavilion (ink and...

Self, Colin

Self, Colin (17 July 1941)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators

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...and by producing unique variants rather than uniform editions of prints. In the 1970s, he produced what he called ‘works of fusion’, demonstrating his interest in the Norfolk landscape, his children, still-lifes, the art of the past, politics and unemployment. He invented a new process of sculpting by casting liquid concrete into damp sand shaped by his bare hands, as in Man Scanning the Distance ( 1984 ). In 2005 the BBC aired a documentary Colin Self: A Picture of Norfolk . Group Exhibitions 1965 , Galleria Milano, Milan 1967 , Camden Arts Centre,...

Hua Yan

Hua Yan (1682)   Reference library

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...Louis (AM): Visiting Chrysanthemum Flowers (dated 1753 , ink and colours on paper, hanging scroll, with an inscription by Hua Yan and two seals of Hua Yan) Stockholm (Nationalmus.): Two Mynah Birds near a Plum Tree and Some Narcissi (signed and dated 1758 ); Two Birds on a Bare Branch (poem, signed) Taipei (National Palace Mus.): Zhong Kui at the Feast of the Fifth Month (ink and colours on paper, hanging scroll, inscription) Washington DC (Freer Gal. of Art): Album of Landscapes (ink and light colours on paper, 15 sheets, with inscriptions by Hua...

nicholson, Ben

nicholson, Ben (1958 to 1971)   Reference library

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... 18 Nov 1971 : Still-life (gouache) DKK 39,000 London, 18 July 1973 : White Relief: Set for the 7th Symphony , GBP 24,000 New York, 2 May 1974 : Painting, Version No. 1 (1944-1945) USD 85,000 New York, 27 May 1976 : Still-life ( 1948 , gouache and pencil, 20¼ × 15¼ ins/51.5 × 38.5 cm) USD 9,000 Bern, 10 June 1976 : Composition with Two Circles (linocut, 6¼ × 7¾ ins/15.8 × 20 cm) CHF 2,400 London, 17 June 1977 : Still-life ( 1947 , pencil, 11¼ × 13¾ ins/28.5 × 35 cm) GBP 1,300 London, 18 Nov 1977 : Still-life ( 1947 , oil and pencil/card...

Sotatsu

Sotatsu (1643)   Reference library

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...) decorated with pines and rocks on gold. The stylised imaginary beasts are in Sotatsu's characteristic style: the two lions, treated in full face, their undulating bodies twisting violently, fill almost the entire surface and seem to leap forward out of the space that would be bare were it not for a few golden highlights that echo the woodgrain. As in all his work, there is a characteristic, underlying sense of humour. Among his later major works, the earliest is a pair of screens in the Daigo-ji temple, Kyoto, representing the bugaku classic dances. Here...

Tang Yin

Tang Yin (1470)   Reference library

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...of many literati painters who only used it to add highlights to the ink. Tang Yin, by contrast, often uses an almost Impressionistic brush technique to convey the qiyun (spirit resonance) in both his landscapes and his pictures of flowers and birds. His flower studies range from bare plum or flowering apricot branches to carefully finished studies of cultivars such as lilies, peonies, hibiscus and narcissus. At the same time, he often accompanies a flower painting with a brief poem, turning the piece into a recollection of a fleeting impression in a Suzhou...

Fujita, Tsuguharu

Fujita, Tsuguharu (1913)   Reference library

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...1925 : Snow (watercolour) FRF 510 Paris, 12 Feb 1926 : Study of Sleeping Woman with Bare Breasts (pen and pencil) FRF 350 Paris, 20 May 1926 : View of Cagnes , FRF 11,150 Paris, 4 June 1926 : View of Cagnes , FRF 950 Paris, 3 May 1929 : Reclining Woman , FRF 3,300 New York, 25 and 26 Nov 1929 : Nude , USD 100 New York, 25 and 26 March 1931 : Landscape , USD 160 Paris, 30 April 1931 : Nude with Blond Hair (drawing) FRF 1,600 Paris, 19 Feb 1932 : Still-life , FRF 600 Paris, 24 Nov 1932 : Sleeping Cat , FRF 1,300 Paris, 29 April 1933 : ...

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