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Inside Xu Bing’s ‘Landscape of Shadows’, by Marcella Di Sciullo

But with traditional materials and techniques abandoned, is the work still Chinese? Xu argued that it is. “My method cannot be applied to Western works,” he explained, “because those are done in oil paints and do not show the same use of shadow, which is attributed to the difference between Chinese and Western paintings in terms of their relationships to nature.”

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