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About Xu Bing 徐冰

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.

Chinese, b. 1955, Chongqing, China, based in Beijing, China

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Xu Bing: Dragonfly Eyes (Trailer), Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2016
Xu Bing: Book from the Sky, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
A New Dynasty – Created in China, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus
2015
Typology Morphology, T+H Gallery, Boston
2015
Calligraphic Abstraction, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2015
All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice
2013
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2013
Chinese Contemporary Ink, Christie's South Asian + Chinese