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Oriental Silk


Author(s):
Xiaowen ZHU Aaron Bogart Nicky Harman
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication:
11/2020
Languages:
English, Chinese
Binding:
Hardcover
ISBN/SKU:
9783775747851
Pages:
556
Sizes:
247 x 193mm
Weight:
0.8000
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Can corporate history be art? This question can only be asked if one is not familiar with the fascinating long-term project by the Chinese artist Xiaowen Zhu. Anyone who has experienced Oriental Silk will answer this question with a clear 'yes.' The project's title is also the name of a company founded in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Specialising in trading and distributing silks, it was headed for decades by Kenneth Wong and his family. Through her multi-sensory works Zhu opens up a multifaceted view of a firm that is distinguished, like its silk products, through its own haptics, style, colours, and values. The people, places, and stories that make up the phenomenon of Oriental Silk form a fascinating, vivid tapestry in which the past and present, art and life, are closely interwoven.