Tan Ping, Pas de Deux

Tan Ping, Pas de Deux
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Over 40 works, including paintings, prints, drawings and paintings created on loco, retrace the education, life and progress of Tan Ping. An anthological exhibition which is not articulated chronologically, but rather, according to the mental, linguistic and cognitive processes that brought about their creation. For over thirty-five years, Tan Ping has conducted his unwavering research with prints and painting - a sort of “pas de deux” between oil paintings and xylographic prints playing a crucial role in his work. In the series of works on display, the two medias intertwine, superimpose, alternate. The work that best exemplifies this connection is the large xylographic print entitled +40m - an incredibly long sheet of paper, over 40 metres, from whose black background emerges a white li-ne. Simple and majestic, minimal and complex. In order to create this print, Tan Ping engraved a single line on long wooden planks, the matrix, an operation which required hours of intense labour, this special moment of creation, still totally perceptible in the piece. Some works are tied to the recent conceptual work of the artist - the “paintings on loco”. Unfinished works from his studio in Beijing, which now come to life in the galleries of the Yuz Museum, invading the spaces, confounding all confines.

Chiara Vedovetto - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai