Hardcover144 PagesSize: 280 × 240 mm
Includes 115 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223790Publication: June 01, 2020
Series: Contemporary Painters Series

'The quality of Ding Yi's art in abstract aesthetics and logic has reached the highest achievement. His art can be regarded as part of the Zen meditation and is the complete interpretation of time, space and the passage through life.'
Ai Weiwei  

Ding Yi

Tony Godfrey and Kaimei Wang



  • Assesses the career of Chinese artist Ding Yi from the late 1980s to the present day
  • Examines the impulse behind his sole use of the x and + sign and explores the considerable variety and development within his oeuvre
  • Ding Yi's paintings are collected internationally: institutions holding work by the artist include the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; M+, Hong Kong; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


This is the first monograph to give an overview of the entire career to date of artist Ding Yi (b. 1962), whose work, unlike most other well-known Chinese painters, is wholly abstract. 

Large in scale, and extraordinary in detail, Ding Yi's paintings invite a myriad of questions, not least how an intuitive artist works with recurrent patterns and symbols. Tackling this paradox, the authors discuss a range of questions pertinent to the artist, primary of which is how China has shaped his work, both culturally and environmentally, over the past thirty years.

Based on extensive interviews with the artist, Ding Yi presents a definitive portrait of an important contemporary painter, who holds a unique position in Chinese art history. As such, it is essential reading for fans and the uninitiated alike.

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