Qiu Shihua - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 17, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne

  • Catalogue Essay

    “My pursuit goes beyond the visible. I also strive for completeness and vividness in the objects that are painted. Among them there is space, as long as spectators can enter this space they will feel the painting is well done. Each time they look at it, objects will change in accordance with the present mood. A good painting, even if it’s simply a painting of woods, should leave room for the imagination. While viewing paintings, common people only see the objects, ‘things’, and their shapes. They hardly realize that even abstract geometric shapes cannot be viewed simply as patterns, for it is the content inside that matters. Western people call this ‘spirit’: We Chinese call it ‘Shen’, or ‘vitality’. Common people know ‘power’ and ‘spirit’ refers to ‘Shen’, but they have no idea of the ‘non-Shen’ as a kind of ‘Shen’. ‘Non-Shen’ comes from the convergence of ‘spirit’ and ‘rhythm’, the mixture of the positive and negative vigors in the world. A good painting should have a core that cannot be recognized, a cohesion that is scattered. In this way, it will truly be fascinating.” (Qiu Shihua, interview with T. Chang; quoted in S. Yan, Landscape Painting in the Eyes of the Chinese, 2004)



Oil on canvas.
33 1/8 x 59 1/2 in. (84.1 x 151.1 cm).

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $38,400

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York