The Art of Xu Bing: Words Without Meaning, Meaning Without Words (Asian Art & Culture)

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Xu Bing (born 1955) stands out as a leading figure in the international art world. His works and installation pieces, including Ghosts Pounding the Wall (an acutal rubbing of the Great Wall done at Jinshanling in 1990) and Wu Street (1993), and his ongiong exploration of language have brought worldwide attention to this unassuming provocateur. As a teenager in China during its Cultural Revolution, Xu Bing experienced the emotional and social upheavals that marked this tumultuous time. He was removed from his "reactionary" parents in Beijing and sent to the provinces to work in a small farming commune as part of Mao Zedong's "rustication" program in 1974. His forced participation in the revolution led him to question and re-examine all he had known, from the meaning and appearance of Chinese characters to the purpose of the Great Wall of China and the value of art and culture. An accomplished calligrapher, printmaker, and art teacher, Xu Bing turned his simultaneous interest in and mistrust of language into an extended examination of Chinese characters. The result was the Book from the Sky, a powerful installation of books, scrolls, and panels for which Xu Bing invented hundreds of new characters in the late 1980s. This uneasy play between the familiar and the unknown-these words without meaning-caused an uproar in Beijing art community and led the Chinese government to censor Xu Bing and his art. The artist emigrated to the United States in 1990. Featuring works in Square Word Calligraphy, his whimsical, invented language, The Art of Xu Bing traces the calligrapher's career and provides illustrations and in-depth descriptions of his works, which have been shown from Finland to Australia and the United States. Author and art historian Britta Erickson leads his insightful look at Xu Bing's development as a significant artist, and Xu Bing himself contributes a fascinating chapter on his life and work.

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About the Author:

Britta Erickson has written and lectured widely on art in post-Cultural Revolution China. An independent scholar, she lives in Stanford, California.

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At the culmination of his art career in China, Xu Bing (who now lives in the West) spent months inventing more than 1200 characters that mimic Chinese characters but have no known meaning. At once familiar and strange, they evoke confusion, wonderment, and even hostility in viewers. Xu Bing printed them in books with traditional formats, on wall posters, and on giant billowing sheets, which he installed in exhibition galleries to form a ceiling or sky. He cagily argues that any explanation of his art is superfluous because the books have no meaning. However, while the books themselves may be unreadable, they have a great deal to say about what their creator thought about Chinese art and culture after the Cultural Revolution. Issued in conjunction with his current exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian, this catalog describes the artist's early years in China and his subsequent career in the United States. Erickson, who has taught courses in post-Cultural Revolution art at the University of California and Stanford, offers a clear expository text and excellent photos. A fine introduction to a rising, mid-career artist and MacArthur "genius" Fellow who will, no doubt, have more opportunities to delight and bedevil his audiences. David McClelland, Philadelphia
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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