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Lu Shengzhong (b. 1952)

Lot 1694: LU SHENGZHONG B. 1952 BOOK OF HUMANITY: EMPTY BOOK each 44 by 34 cm. 17.375 by 13.375 in. each book signed Lu Shengzhong and dated 2005. This work is number six from an edition of eight set of three paper- cut books,with a case Catalogue Note: From

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October 9, 2006
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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LU SHENGZHONG B. 1952 BOOK OF HUMANITY: EMPTY BOOK each 44 by 34 cm. 17.375 by 13.375 in. each book signed Lu Shengzhong and dated 2005. This work is number six from an edition of eight set of three paper- cut books,with a case Catalogue Note: From the mid-1980s when Lu Shengzhong graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing he has worked almost exclusively in the field of paper-cut; although he has transformed this traditional decoraive folk art beyond recognition. During his travels throughout China, he has become an authority on Chinese folk art and has published extensively in this field buy in his own work he has moved far beyond the relatively limited functions of tradtional paper-cutting, He was selected as one of the first Chinese artists to represent his country at the 50th Venice Biennale. Lu Shengzhong Use paper and scissors to create designs of extraordinary complexity. He has produced a series of works devoted a " book theme." From a rural background where books were in short supply, books have always been of major importance to Lu Shengzhong. On this occasion he has produced a series of "book- installations." Using his customary red paper bound in book form, he cuts into its many layers and "liberates" coUntless little Red People, the symbol found in most of his work. Suspended above the matrixes from which they have been removed, these long strands of ur-figures move gently in the breeze. Although part of the talented generation of artists who emerged in the mid-1990s, Lu Shengzhong has followed a highly individual path, building on a neglected Chinese tradition rather than following international trends. This individual path was noted in The New York Times review of Lu Shengzhong's American debut exhition at Chambers Fine Art by noted critic Holland Cotter, "Mr. Lu's interest in playing around with the cultural traditions and the look of language... he has come up with a look very much his own, at once whimsical and hushed, part circus, part sacred space."

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