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Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In past show

邱志杰 书写兰亭序一千遍
Each 19 1⁄4 × 39 in. (49 × 99 cm)

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Qiu Zhijie is known for his text- and calligraphy-based practice, which encompasses photography, performance, installation, painting, and video. His works explore the struggle of self-assertion, particularly with reference to Chinese history. Qiu, who has a background in printmaking, became infamous for his labor intensive project of copying a 4th-century Chinese calligraphic work over 4000 times in seven years on the same sheet of paper. Qiu frequently photographs or films his writing performances, and produces what he has termed “calli-photo-graphy.” Within this category, some of his most famous works include his “Tattoo” series (begun 1994), in which Qiu painted words and patterns onto his own body.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary PhotographyJ. Paul Getty Museum
Qiu Zhijie: Mappa MundiUCCA
2013
Qiu Zhijie: The Universe of NamingSpring Workshop
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Writing the “Orchid Pavilion Preface” One Thousand Times 书写兰亭序一千遍, 1990-1995

Five chromogenic prints
19 1/4 × 39 in
48.9 × 99.1 cm
Location
New York

邱志杰 书写兰亭序一千遍
Each 19 1⁄4 × 39 in. (49 × 99 cm)

Medium
Image rights
Photo: courtesy the artist

Qiu Zhijie is known for his text- and calligraphy-based practice, which encompasses photography, performance, installation, painting, and video. His works explore the struggle of self-assertion, particularly with reference to Chinese history. Qiu, who has a background in printmaking, became infamous for his labor intensive project of copying a 4th-century Chinese calligraphic work over 4000 times in seven years on the same sheet of paper. Qiu frequently photographs or films his writing performances, and produces what he has termed “calli-photo-graphy.” Within this category, some of his most famous works include his “Tattoo” series (begun 1994), in which Qiu painted words and patterns onto his own body.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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