Xiaoze Xie

Chinese artist Xiaoze Xie is best known for his large-scale works portraying the spines of rare books and stacks of newspapers. In their solitary stasis, these materials tell a story of remarkable cogency. Xie’s Chinese Library series — printed by Wildwood Press on handmade Kozo paper — took him to the basements of Chinese libraries, where tables full of ancient books sit in storage. These artifacts are too fragile to open, too damaged to be repaired, and too valuable to discard, but not too precious to record. Xie has exhibited globally and is currently an art professor at Stanford University.

Chinese Library No. 52
Chinese Library No. 52

Photo lithograph / Relief / Hand coloring / 2 sheets handmade paper / 35.5"h x 66"w / Edition various of 24 with 4APs / 2020

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Chinese Library (Fudan University)
Chinese Library (Fudan University)

Photo lithograph / Relief / Hand coloring / 2 sheets handmade paper / 30"h x 30"w / Edition various of 10 / 2015

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Chinese Library (Chaozhou Museum)
Chinese Library (Chaozhou Museum)

Photo lithograph / Relief / Hand coloring / 2 sheets handmade paper / 30"h x 30"w / Edition various of 10 / 2015

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Chinese Library (Southern China Normal University, Li's Collection)
Chinese Library (Southern China Normal University, Li's Collection)

Photo lithograph / Relief / Hand coloring / 2 sheets handmade paper / 30"h x 30"w / Edition various of 10 / 2015

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Chinese Library (Southern China Fudan University,  Anthology of Poetry of the Eight Dynasties)
Chinese Library (Southern China Fudan University, Anthology of Poetry of the Eight Dynasties)

Photo lithograph / Relief / Hand coloring / 2 sheets handmade paper / 30"h x 30"w / Edition various of 10 / 2015

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