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PARTING - SHOT

‘The Spring’ YANG YONGLIANG, 2016
YANG YONGLIANG/GALERIE PARIS-BEIJING

IN CHINESE TRADITION mountains buzz with the energy of qi, draw rain clouds to the rice fields, provide shelter to the immortals and are pierced with caves and grottoes that lead to Taoist paradises of harmony and plenty. All that, at first sight, seems intact in this work by Yang Yongliang. This is a species of digital photograph. But its peak-and-sky-and-water combination reaches back to a brush-and-ink landscape art that first flourished in the fifth century. “My pictures are timeless,” Yang, 37, says. “There is no light, no shadows, and you can’t tell the time of day.”

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