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Skylines

Zheng Chongbin

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
Zheng Chongbin has explored the intersections of the Chinese ink-painting tradition and Western abstraction by using materials from both, mixing black ink with white acrylic to create spontaneous and accidental effects. Zheng mounts multiple sheets of xuan paper on a canvas backing, intentionally creating disjunctions between the sheets even as the flowing abstract forms unite the composition. He describes his process:

The way that I look at art-making is not to impose my vision but to expose the vision of the medium. The material I use is of traditional Chinese painting. The paper is made from sandalwood, mulberry, or bamboo fibers so the paper itself is quite strong. But what is special is that water can go through the paper without ruining it. This is what I like to refer to as “material as agent.” Water flowing over and through a surface is like the interactions between solid and fluid forms. In my work, I am not trying to control the water, but to find its flow, with its own meaning.
MEDIUM Ink on paper
DIMENSIONS 105 1/8 × 72 11/16 in. (267 × 184.7 cm) frame: 108 × 75 in. (274.3 × 190.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 2018.25
CREDIT LINE Gift of Christopher Reynolds in honor of Bruce and Yoke San Reynolds
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CAPTION Zheng Chongbin (Chinese, born 1961). Skylines. Ink on paper, 105 1/8 × 72 11/16 in. (267 × 184.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Christopher Reynolds in honor of Bruce and Yoke San Reynolds, 2018.25. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2018.25_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE 2018.25_PS9.jpg., 2019
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Zheng Chongbin (Chinese, born 1961). <em>Skylines</em>. Ink on paper, 105 1/8 × 72 11/16 in. (267 × 184.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Christopher Reynolds in honor of Bruce and Yoke San Reynolds, 2018.25. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2018.25_PS9.jpg)