Kenyon College

Oxherding Paintings/Poetry


In Song-Dynasty China, a set of poems and pictures was created to illustrate the Buddhist path toward enlightenment. These historical works, known as “The Ten Oxherding Pictures,” are given new form and consideration in Oxherding. An intensive collaboration between New York-based artist Max Gimblett and Lewis Hyde, Oxherding presents 10 sumi ink paintings by Gimblett and three different English translations by Hyde of each of the 10 poems in the Chinese Oxherding Pictures. Several collaborative sketchbooks are also featured.

Hyde, a professor of creative writing at Kenyon College and Harvard University, is also a poet, essayist, and cultural critic. His books include Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership and The Gift, a seminal work on the value of creativity in the modern world.

Sumi Ink Paintings
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English Translation Poems
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