The Yellow Mountains of China.
Photographs by Wang Wusheng. Text by Wu Hung, Damian Harper and Seigo Matusoka.
Abbeville Press, New York, 2005. 204 pp., 112 duotone illustrations, 14 in full-color, 2 gatefolds, 11½x12½".
For more than three decades, Wang Wusheng has been captivated by the beauty of Mount Huangshan, also known as the Yellow Mountains. Located in the southern part of the Anhui province in northern China, Mount Huangshan has often been described as the world’s most beautiful and enchanting mountain. Over the centuries this mountain with its seventy-two peaks has been the subject of Chinese landscape painters, whose singular works are so haunting it seems impossible that these mountains exist in nature. Inspired by the legacy of these paintings, Wang Wusheng has sought to portray this scenic wonder. As shown in the collection of ninety photographs in this extraordinary volume, here are mist-shrouded, granite peaks emerging from an ever-changing veil of clouds, sculptural craggy rocks, on lofty cliffs, and weathered, oddly-shaped pine trees, depicted in all seasons and at various times of day. Wang Wusheng’s images are so exceptional that they look like paintings.
About the limited edition:
Each set contains both a sumptuous, silkbound volume, strictly limited to an edition of no more than 200 numbered copies, and one of eight extraordinary duotone prints, each available in an edition of no more than 25 copies. The prints are signed by the artist and suitable for framing, measuring 20 x 24". The volume and the print are housed in a sturdy silkbound presentation case. Print choices can be viewed by consulting the entry for catalog item AV089
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