At first glance, and to anyone who cannot read chinese script, the pages appear simply as an elegant example of traditional chinese calligraphy, evoking the richness and sophistication of chinas long literary history. Xu bing is one of the 6 artists from 53 countries that will be exhibiting at the biennale. In background stories, the work is deeply referential and your use of materials is quite interesting. It is about decadence and death and industry and naturefrom the history of the tobacco trade to big gameand its. Feb, 2015 in an earlier post art appreciation marathon. Xu bing is featured in the first season of the the artist project by the metropolitan museum of art. Xu bing book from the sky, 19871991, installation of handprinted books. A pair of phoenix sculptures by xu bing, the internationally acclaimed chinese artist, were recently hung in the nave of the cathedral church of st. An asian trend in contemporary graphic design an independent printmedia practitioner, he hao has been working with distinctive and representative artists in the chinese contemporary art world, including ai weiwei, xu bing, etc. The exhibition combines important pieces from the artists earlier projects at duke university in north carolina and the shanghai gallery of art in china with new work inspired by visits to tobacco farms, warehouses, and cigarette factories in virginia. Reversals and juxtapositionsthe inversion of high and low, the combination of holy and absurd, the marriage of different symbolic systems to create something both familiar and foreignare key to xu bings work. May 07, 2020 xu bing is widely considered to be among the prominent chinese artists of today. A look at phoenix, a monumental project by chinese contemporary artist xu bing, which is installed at the cathedral church of saint john the divine. They stand leaning against each other on the floor to form a 40by15foot tiger pelt, the stripes changing from tobaccobrown to filterorange as you move around the piece.
Xu bing on the most difficult ethical conundrums the phoenix. Search for library items search for lists search for contacts search for a library. Using tobacco as both material and subject, the artist examines the history and production of the cigarette, global trade, and marketing. Xu bing returned to china in 2008, the year he was commissioned to create phoenix and he has continued to challenge chinese culture, politics, history and values ever since. Xu bing was born in chongqing, in the newlyformed communist peoples republic of china, in 1955. The wall panels, hanging scrolls and books which create the space conjure an atmosphere of almost religious sanctity and safety, with the whiteness of the paper evoking a purity of spirit, and. He lives and works in beijing, china, and new york city, usa xu bing is one of the great voices of the early chinese avantgarde.
He works in a couple of disciplines and materials but the most common is ink painting, printmaking, and calligraphy 1. This companion volume to book from the ground chronicles the entire project, mapping the history. For the book fom the ground installation, xu bing recreated his studios working environment and brought some materials to the exhibition space, implying that this is a neverending project in progress. Dec 22, 2012 drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fastchanging country, chinese artist xu bing spent two years creating his newest work, phoenix. Although looking to gain training in the western tradition of oil painting, his reputation steered his academic path, and thus he focused on the more. This presence is that of two mammoth birds created by chinese artist xu bing. Risd portfolios 8302016 a graphic designed for xu bing studios book introducing his installation phoenix, when the lockers are opened, the construction debris building up the phoenix will be revealed. The book about xu bings book from the ground the mit press. Research exhibition on background story, insideout art musuem, beijing. Phoenix project was commissioned by ravenel art group and is on loan courtesy of the collection of mr. The 56th international art exhibition, titled all the worlds futures and curated by okwui enwezor, will be open to the public from 9 may to 22 november 2015 at the giardini and arsenale venues. From mass moca, xu bing, phoenix project 20072011, debris and materials from construction sites, 88 12. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in. Xu grew up in beijing, where he began his studies in the printmaking department at the central academy of.
The creation of xu bing s book from the ground documented and described in text, images, and photographs. Chinese artist xu bings beijing retrospective reveals his. Powered by create your own unique website with customizable templates. Jul 03, 20 xu bing, in his signature owl glasses, still from phoenix, itinerant pictures c. Project muse a designers decade of contemporary art in china. Images of the phoenix in chinese culture date back at least 4000 years. Installed in the nave of saint john the divines gothic revival cathedral, two monumental sculptures, in the form of mythical birds, soar 18 feet above. Apr 20, 2010 xu bing, one of chinas most celebrated and unconventional artists, moved to america in 1990, when chinas contemporary art scene was tightly.
Past exhibitions archives page 8 of 23 freer gallery of. Phoenix december 22, 2012october 27, 20 photos by ross mantle, xu bing, zhao gang phoenix project was commissioned by ravenel art group, and is. From mass moca, xu bing, background story 2012, natural debris attached to acrylic panel, light box, 25. He is frequently in the united states and has a studio and permanent residency in brooklyn. Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus. If you have not been to mass moca to see xu bings phoenix project yet, go soon before it leaves in october. Xu bing 1st class, tobacco project xu bing s longterm project titled tobacco project is a personal and historic multipart exploration of tobacco. By noting commentaries contemporaneous with the exhibition and linking them to older related articles and books, books on books aims to enhance appreciation of the exhibition and xu s work as well as findability of the latter. Xu bings studio also made a character database software that corresponds to the language of the book. Thought and method will have come from online articles, screen shots and a short film or two. Xu bing book from the sky, 19871991, installation of handprinted books and ceiling and wall scrolls printed from wood letterpress type, ink on paper, dimensions variable, installation view, blanton museum of art. The artist project is an online web series in which artists are given an opportunity to respond to one of the many art pieces housed in the. Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fastchanging country, chinese artist xu bing spent two years creating his newest work, phoenix.
Xu bing was born in chongqing, china, in 1955 and traces his family roots to wenling, zhejiang province. The book is written in a way that any reader, regardless of his or her cultural or educational background, can understand. Xu bings phoenix project, this publication documents the history of one singular work of chinese artist. Phoenix project unveiled in beijing xu bing studio blog. His piece will be located over the water between two boathouses at the pavilion at arsenale giardino delle vergini.
Xu bing publicly exhibited book from the sky for the first time in 1988 at. Though, one of his wellknown installations is a gigantic flying dragon titled phoenix how was phoenix created. Xu bing is a chineseborn artist who lived in the united states for eighteen years. Xu grew up in beijing, where he began his studies in the printmaking department at the central academy of fine arts in 1977. Currently residing in beijing, he used to serve as the vicepresident. Feb 15, 2014 a pair of phoenix sculptures by xu bing, the internationally acclaimed chinese artist, were recently hung in the nave of the cathedral church of st.
Oct 04, 2017 xu bing was born in chongqing, china, in 1955 and traces his family roots to wenling, zhejiang province. Xu bing studio xu bing book from the sky, 19871991, installation of handprinted books and ceiling and wall scrolls printed from wood letterpress type, ink on paper, dimensions variable, installation. Xu bing is a chinese contemporary artist, born in 1955 in chongqing, china. Xu bing, courtesy of the sackler preparatory drawing of xu bing s phoenix project. The project comprises two monumental phoenixes entirely fabricated from materials harvested from construction sites in urban china, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. Xu bing s phoenix project is a work that the artist undertook from 2007 to 2010.
The phoenix of western mythology is not the same as the chinese fenghuang. Tobacco project explores the production and culture of tobacco as seen through the eyes of one of chinas most innovative contemporary artists. Pioneering chinese contemporary artist xu bing creates powerful, poignant mixedmedia installations, in which he subverts systems of language, upending expectations and perception. He constructed phoenix projectwhich was commissioned by a real estate developer to go inside the caesar pellidesigned. Xu bing studio blog uptodate information about the. Xu bing is an internationally celebrated chinese artist. The sculptural installations were briefly shown at the. Although the pictogramonly narrative in xu bing s book from the ground can be read by anyone, there is much more to the story of xu bing s wordless book than can be gleaned from icons alone. Xu bing will be unveiling his new phoenix2015 at the 2015 venice biennale this upcoming may. The artist first compiled symbols drawn from the public sphere and wrote a book using only these signs.
Book from the sky, a monumental installation by celebrated chinese artist xu bing. Xu bing s studio also made a character database software that corresponds to the language of the book. June 19, 2016 january 22, 2017 the blanton museum of art at the university of texas at austin presents xu bing. The third of five children, he spent his childhood years growing up in beijing, where his parents moved to work at peking university when he was two years old. Phoenix 200810 is the newest project in new york by the chinese artist xu bing, who previously lived in the city for 18 years before returning to china in 2008. Though xu bing continued to work on the phoenix project, he would not have been able to complete the pieces without the funding from taiwanese art collector barry lam. He explains that his works are all linked by a common thread, which is to construct some kind of obstacle to peoples habitual ways of thinkingwhat i call the cognitive structures of the mind. For the chinese audience in particular, xus book from the sky is profoundly disorientating. Box set of four handprinted books with thread binding, ink on paper plus wood box. Xu bing, the internationally acclaimed chinese conceptual artist who works in a variety of disciplines and materials, in particular printmaking, ink painting, calligraphy, text and installation, and has also worked with silk worms and pigs, has just completed a major project in new york, the installation of his magnificent phoenix. Xu bing and contemporary chinese art cultural and philosophical reflections. Tianshu is the title of a book produced by chinese artist xu bing in the style of fine editions from the song and ming dynasties, but filled entirely with meaningless glyphs designed to resemble traditional chinese characters.
His masterpiece book from the sky 1987 1991 consisted of thousands of chinese characters invented by the artist that were then woodblockprinted onto flowing scrolls and made into handbound books. He was the vice president of chinas central academy of fine arts and has received an honorary degree of humane letters by columbia university, a macarthur genius award, and many other international awards. In 1977 he entered the printmaking department of the central academy of. One of my favorite artworks is xu bing s 1st class 2011, a rug made from halfamillion cigarettes.
Xu bing on the new project on dragonfly eyes youtube. Installation of books and scrolls printed from carved wood types of invented characters, ink on paper, dimensions variable. In 1977 he entered the printmaking department of the central academy of fine arts in. The exhibition combines important pieces from the artists earlier projects at duke university in north carolina and the shanghai gallery of art in china with new work inspired by visits to tobacco farms, warehouses, and cigarette factories. The book about xu bing s book from the ground 2012 the story of the phoenix xu bing s phoenix project beijing. The catalog to accompany xu bing s monumental exhibition phoenix, which was on view in mass mocas building 5 in 20 drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fastchanging country, chinese artist xu bing spent two years creating his newest work, phoenix. Part 2 of 2, i reported on our visit to new york city to see xu bings installation phoenix, 200810 using discarded construction materials xu bing created two 150 foot long phoenixes weighing in excess of 20 tons and suspended them from the ceiling of the cathedral church of saint john the divine about 15 feet above the ground. Xu bing returned to beijing a year after the cultural revolution collapsed in 1976, following the death of chairman mao, as a student in the newly reinstated central academy of fine arts cafa.
If you are a musician, visual artist, novelist, mapmaker, zinester, comic book artist, comedian andor other and would like your music, art, novel, map, zine, comic book, comedy andor other. Xu bing s most popular book is book from the ground. May 07, 2020 xu bing book from the sky, 19871991, multimedia installation, installation view, xu bing. Xu bing aerial phoenix project, today art museum, beijing, china. Purchase the gerhard pulverer collection, museum funds, friends of the freer and sackler galleries and the harold p. May 01, 20 xu bing, courtesy of the sackler preparatory drawing of xu bings phoenix project. Suspended from the cathedrals vaulted ceiling by an elaborate rigging system almost as wondrous as the massive pendants in its charge, the beasts, collectively titled phoenix 2008 10, conspire with their host to create a commanding appeal for hope and. Events include outdoor installation, document exhibition, catalogue and series of scholarly lectures xu bing studio is pleased to announce the inaugural public exhibition of xu bings towering phoenix project at the today art museum, beijing. Events include outdoor installation, document exhibition, catalogue and series of scholarly lectures xu bing studio is pleased to announce the inaugural public exhibition of xu bing s towering phoenix project at the today art museum, beijing consisting of two 28 meter long birds pieced together from construction debris gathered at the site of. From mass moca, xu bing, phoenix project 20072011, debris and materials. Installation view at blanton museum of art, the university of texas at austin, 2016.
Forest gospel is the collected cultural interests of nick and erin potter, and occassionally their friends. Bookmarking book art appreciating xu bing books on books. For most of us, the only glimpse of the 2018 beijing exhibition xu bing. Xu bings phoenixes made of random common materials used in building construction are allegories of the tremendous changes that occurred in china since the opening of the country and illustrate the contrasts within its renaissance. Jan 01, 2012 the story of the phoenix xu bing s phoenix project yongming, zhai, xu bing, etc on. Made up of 4,000 handcarved and printed characters, book from the sky remains xu bing s most iconic work to date. Xu bing has been undertaking his book from the ground project since 2003.
Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentiethcentury chinese art, book from the sky ushered in the avantgarde movement in postmao era china. In book from the sky 198791, xu filled a gallery with scrolls and books. Xu bing s art medium has evolved over the years, morphing from one style to the next. A disassembled copy of this book is arranged page by page along a reading ledge in the exhibition space where xu bings mighty phoenixes fly. The phoenix project marks a transition in bings artistic career. Some of his bestknown works include the phoenix project and book from the sky. Paperbound, in a special envelope with string fastening. Xu bing is one of the worlds foremost contemporary artists. Xu bing will be unveiling his new phoenix at the 2015 venice biennale this may. Reliable information about the coronavirus covid19 is available from the world health organization current situation, international travel. A glorious pair of birds giant, mythic, and intimidating as dragons are the headliners of xu bing. Click here to see his entire april 20 artist talk at mass moca. Xu bings art medium has evolved over the years, morphing from one style to the next.
The phoenix sculpture is the subject of the documentary xu bing. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban china, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and. In 1977 he entered the printmaking department of the central academy of fine arts, beijing cafa where completed his bachelors degree in 1981 and stayed on as an instructor, earning his mfa in 1987. First realized in the form of a 604page, 4volume book, xu bing replicated its content to become an immersive installation piece.
See more ideas about installation art, moca and contemporary art. We seek to collect and catalog the very best art, film, literature and music we can find. Xu bing was born in chongqing, china, in 1955 and grew up in beijing. The installation featured two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban china, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. Part 2 of 2, i reported on our visit to new york city to see xu bing s installation phoenix, 200810 using discarded construction materials xu bing created two 150 foot long phoenixes weighing in excess of 20 tons and suspended them from the ceiling of the cathedral church of saint john the divine about 15 feet above the ground. Installed in the nave of saint john the divines gothic revival cathedral, two monumental sculptures, in. Xu bing s the new york 1248 words 5 pages when people were still perplexed by xu bing s nonsense writing and atypical interpretations of traditional chinese idioms around the early 2000s, xu bing started to work on an unconventional interior installation in 2008, after his return from the united states. Forest project of xu bing and children, national museum of history, taipei. After spending two years working in the countryside during the cultural revolution, he enrolled in 1977 at the central academy of fine arts in beijing, where his studies focused on drawing and printmaking.
The ucca retrospective in beijing thought and method spans more than four decades of work in both china and the united states, and it quickly becomes clear that everything is not as it seems. Xu bing finds his family roots in wenling of zhejiang province. Focusing on drawing and printmaking, xu earned a ba in 1981, as well as an mfa in 1987. What is xu bings impressive book from the sky all about. Xu bing at the cathedral, the cathedral church of saint john the divine, new york, usa. Xu bing retrospective, taipei fine arts museum, taipei, taiwan. First realized in the form of a 604page, 4volume book, xu bing replicated its. Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. Sign me up for news about bing xu and more from penguin random house. Xu bing, courtesy of the sackler but, in the lead up the olympics, he, along with everyone else engaged in.618 48 1468 1350 943 1346 829 276 799 1405 568 1233 374 1106 1504 1523 153 853 664 483 1070 1482 1169 590 1005 1383 85 371 630 256 1257 1328 1318 940 103 642 561 1328 1027 10 1395 309 600 1303 1285 336