Re-View——Opening Exhibition part of Ancient•Contemporary
The calligraphic work "Gongfu Tie Calligraphy" by Su Shi has been making news recently, and we have heard different voices about this issue. The perspectives and argumentations of these voices will certainly help us perceive this work and Su Shi's calligraphic achievement more closely and with a better chance of unveiling its true essence. They may also help us know more about the identification, history, style, and demonstration of Chinese painting and calligraphy. The "knack" can only be obtained through studies.
To draw inspirations from the heritage, I managed to see quite a few excellent paintings owned by brokers. For instance, it cost me considerable time and resources to get Zhao Ji's "The Sketches of Rare Birds" (xieshengzhenqintu) home for copying. The painting was executed on paper and divided into twelve sections, with the impression of his Seal of Two Dragons (shuanglongxi) on each joining seam. Two more seal impressions reading "Zhenghe" and "Xuanhe" (two regnal titles of Zhao Ji as an Emperor of the Song Dynasty) were found on the fore part. The rear part was shorter and probably had been clipped a bit, leaving only the right half of an impression of the "Royal Calligraphy" (yushu) seal. The content of each section varies from one or two birds to flowers and cypress twigs, while four sections are devoted to ink-painted bamboos. The recorded approach to painting bamboo: "using pure ink to depict bamboos and leaving minute blank stripes in dense clumps" was illustrated in this work. I made a copy on paper of the Song Dynasty. From the painting, one can tell the close relation between Chinese painting and calligraphy: the beaks and claws of birds as well as the stems and leaves of bamboos resembled the emperor's calligraphicy style "Slender Gold" (shoujinti).
Curator:Wang Huangsheng,Cao Qinghui,Guo Xiaoyan