Xu Bing 徐冰, ‘Book from the Sky, Printed Sheet No. 22 天书单张22号’, 1987-1990, Ink Studio
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Xu Bing 徐冰

Book from the Sky, Printed Sheet No. 22 天书单张22号, 1987-1990

Woodblock print
16 9/10 × 21 7/10 in
43 × 55 cm
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Beijing, New York
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Xu Bing 徐冰
Chinese, b. 1955
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Pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing creates powerful, poignant mixed-media installations, in which he subverts systems of language, upending expectations and perception. He explains that his works “are all linked by a common thread, which is to construct some kind of obstacle to people's habitual ways of thinking—what I call the ‘cognitive structures’ of the mind.” Trained as a printmaker, Xu is informed by the Cultural Revolution, Chan Buddhism, and his keen interest in the relationship between meaning and words, writing, and reading. He has famously re-invented Chinese characters and the English alphabet, rendering Chinese nonsensical and English into legible Chinese characters, effectively challenging comprehension of both. In Book from the Sky (1987-91), Xu filled a gallery with scrolls and books hand-printed with 4,000 “false” Chinese characters—a stunning commentary on the subjectivity of language and its meaning.

Xu Bing 徐冰, ‘Book from the Sky, Printed Sheet No. 22 天书单张22号’, 1987-1990, Ink Studio
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Xu Bing 徐冰
Chinese, b. 1955
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Pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing creates powerful, poignant mixed-media installations, in which he subverts systems of language, upending expectations and perception. He explains that his works “are all linked by a common thread, which is to construct some kind of obstacle to people's habitual ways of thinking—what I call the ‘cognitive structures’ of the mind.” Trained as a printmaker, Xu is informed by the Cultural Revolution, Chan Buddhism, and his keen interest in the relationship between meaning and words, writing, and reading. He has famously re-invented Chinese characters and the English alphabet, rendering Chinese nonsensical and English into legible Chinese characters, effectively challenging comprehension of both. In Book from the Sky (1987-91), Xu filled a gallery with scrolls and books hand-printed with 4,000 “false” Chinese characters—a stunning commentary on the subjectivity of language and its meaning.

Xu Bing 徐冰

Book from the Sky, Printed Sheet No. 22 天书单张22号, 1987-1990

Woodblock print
16 9/10 × 21 7/10 in
43 × 55 cm
.
Contact For Price
Location
Beijing, New York
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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