Exhibitions/ Art Object

Divine Light Series: 2000–8

Zhang Yu (Chinese, born 1959)
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 157 1/2 x 39 3/8 in. (400 x 100 cm) Overall with mounting: 175 x 44 5/8 in. (444.5 x 113.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Chung Ching-hsin, 2011
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Zhang Yu
Not on view
Exploiting the potential of the ink medium to create powerful nonfigurative works, this piece from Zhang’s Divine Light series presents abstract geometric fields interwoven with irregular bands in starkly contrasting shades of ink monochrome. Animating the picture surface are webs of delicate crackles and clusters of water drops, creating a sparkling, vibrating visual effect. Created two years after No. 59, hung on the opposite wall, 2000–8 resembles a cross section of a sedimentary rock that is undergoing metamorphosis.
Signature: In the lower left corner of the painting is a penciled signature and date (in English): "Zhang Yu 2000/2." Below this is a single Chinese character ? di ("earth" or "bottom"), indicating the work's proper orientation.
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