New takes on traditional Asian wood crafts have been shown by Chambers Fine Art, associated with globally famous architect and artist Ai Weiwei, whose table is shown here.
Chambers Fine Art is a gallery specializing in contemporary Chinese art located in New York and Beijing. It was established by Christophe Mao in New York in 2000.
"Table With Two Legs (2005) was produced through the disassembly of a fine classical table from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), followed with its reassembly using highly sophisticated joinery techniques - the result is a form that is no longer functional," according to a profile o the artist at HSBC banks website. "Transformed from its original pragmatic role into an arresting and purely aesthetic object, the Table with Two Legs compels viewers to contemplate the nature as well as the potential of art."
The table measures 24 by 72 1/2 by 47 1/4 inches. Ai Weiwei has also refashioned other antique chairs and tables into art objects, including a Table with Two Legs on the Wall and collections of three- and four-legged joint-in-tenon construction wooden stools built over the centuries in China, and merged into objects of art.
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