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Couplet: Learning from the Past, Moving Forward in Time

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Couplet: Learning from the Past, Moving Forward in Time


Xu Bing

Chinese, born 1955

Hanging scroll: ink on paper
53 1/2 x 13 13/4" each sheet
Gift of the artist in honor of Mimi Gardner Gates
Provenance: The artist, Beijing
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Luminous: The Art of Asia, Oct. 13, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Calligraphic Abstraction, May 9, 2015 - Oct. 4, 2015.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China, Dec. 24, 2016 - May 15, 2022 [on view Sept. 23, 2020 - Mar. 7, 2021].
Published ReferencesWaugh, Daniel C. "The Arts of China in Seattle." The Silk Road, vol. 12 (2014): pp. 137-152, reproduced p.141, fig. 14.

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