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10,000 Ugly Inkblots


10,000 Ugly Inkblots

  • Date: 1685
  • Style: Ink and wash painting
  • Genre: landscape
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10,000 Ugly Inkblots is a perfect example of Shi Tao's subversive and ironic aesthetic principles. This uniquely apperceptive work challenges accepted standards of beauty. As the carefully painted landscape degenerates into Pollock-esque splatters, the viewer is forced to recognize that the painting is not transparent (immediate, in the most literal sense meaning without media) in the way it initially purports to be. Solely because they are labeled "ugly," the ink dots begin to take on a sort of abstract beauty

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