Xu Bing  (Chinese, 1955) 

Xu Bing (Chinese, b.1955) is a Contemporary artist, born in Chongqing, China. Xu grew up in Beijing, where he began his studies in the printmaking department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1977. Focusing on drawing and printmaking, Xu earned a BA degree in 1981, as well as an MFA degree in 1987. One of his best known works, Book from the Sky (1987–1991), earned Xu international recognition in the 1980s. The work is a massive installation made up of hundreds of volumes and scrolls printed with 4,000 imagined Chinese characters, which were cut by hand into wood printing blocks. Xu’s use of a fabricated and therefore indecipherable lexicon suggests that written text may be an inherently deceptive mode for communication. In later works, Xu continued to explore themes surrounding language and writing. For a 2011 exhibition at the British Museum in London, Xu created an ephemeral installation called Background Story 7 as part of his Background Story series. Inspired by a 17th-century traditional Chinese painting, Xu created a diorama-like, sculptural image using corn husks, crumpled paper, and dried plants. Viewed through backlit frosted glass, the arrangement resembles a delicately painted landscape, while the opposite side reveals that the scene is comprised of discarded items and debris. Xu moved to the United States in 1990. In 1999, he was awarded a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, often known as a genius grant. Currently considered one of China's best known artists, his work has been exhibited in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States in various venues, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the National Gallery of Prague. In 2008, he was appointed Vice President of Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts. Xu currently has homes in both Beijing and New York.

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Xu Bing, 天書 (Book from the Sky) (4 books)


Xu Bing
天書 (Book from the Sky) (4 books)

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
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Xu Bing, The Mustard Seed Garden Landscape Scroll (details)


Xu Bing
The Mustard Seed Garden Landscape Scroll (details)
Contemporary By Angela Li
Xu Bing, Qin Yuan Chun.Chang Sha


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Qin Yuan Chun.Chang Sha

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Xu Bing, New English Calligraphy B: Quotations from Mao Zedong: Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art


Xu Bing
New English Calligraphy B: Quotations from Mao Zedong: Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art

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Xu Bing, A Page from "A Book of the Sky"


Xu Bing
A Page from "A Book of the Sky"

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Xu Bing, Softening the brush


Xu Bing
Softening the brush, 1996
woodblock print


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Xu Bing, And death shall have no dominion - Dylan Thomas (triptych)


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And death shall have no dominion - Dylan Thomas (triptych), 2007
ink on paper


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Xu Bing, 一条大河


Xu Bing
一条大河, 1986


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1955   Born in Chongqing, China
1957   Moved to Beijing
1977   Entered Printmaking Department, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
1987   MFA Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
1990   Moved to USA
  MacArthur Foundation Genius Award
  Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  Currently lives and works in New York
2006   Brush and Ink: the Chinese Art of Writing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2006   Fever Variations: The Sixth Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
2005   Text Me, Sherman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2005   Body Temperature, China Millennium Monument Modern Art Museum, Beijing, China & Copenhagen, Denmark
2005   INK, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York
2005   On the Edge, Wellesley College, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Stanford University, USA
2005   The Elegance of Silence, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2005   Critic’s Choice, Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, UK
2004   East Wind, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
2004   Twenty-sixth São Paulo Biennial, Pavilhão Ciccillo, San Paulo, Brazil
2004   Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA
2004   Xu Bing & Gu Xiong, Museum of London, Ontario, Canada
2004   Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
2004   The Glassy Surface of a Lake, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, USA
2004   Xu Bing in Berlin, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
2004   The Well of Truth, Sala La Gallera, Valencia, Spain
2004   Where Does the Dust Collect Itself? National Gallery and Museum, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2004   Tobacco Project by Xu Bing, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2003   Xu Bing, Chinese Art Centre, Manchester, UK
2003   Xu Bing, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong, China
2003   Book from the Sky, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, USA
2002   Living Word 2, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
2002   Xu Bing, Commons Gallery, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
2000   National Gallery Prague
1999   Bates Museum of Art ME
1999   Banner Project, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1999   Half a Century of Chinese Woodblock Prints, The Museum of Art Ein Harod, Israel
1999   Global Conceptualism; Points of Origin, Queens Museum of Art New York, NY
1998   Crossings, The National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Canada
1998   Site of Desire, Taipei Bienniale, Taipei Fine Art Museum Taipei, Taiwan
1998   Babylon Tower, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York
1998   The Wood Street Galleries Pittsburgh, PA
1997   Classroom Calligraphy, Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro Mallorca, Spain
1997   lost letters, Asian Fine Arts Berlin, Germany
1997   Die Anderen Mordernen, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Germany
1997   Around Us, Inside Us. Continents, , Konstmuseet Boras, Sweden
1996   A Book From the Sky, University Art Museum Albany, NY
1995   Language Lost, Massachusetts College of Arts Boston, MA
2007    China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007. www.chinaartbook.de