The installation–over the course of 4 days in January 2014–of Xu Bing’s 12-ton sculpture “Phoenix,” two birds the artist first began to construct in 2008 in Beijing.
Xu Bing, a renowned contemporary artist, created this pair of mythical Chinese phoenixes from construction debris, tools and objects used in the daily lives of migrant laborers in Beijing. Each bird weighs approximately 6 tons and measures 100 ft. First exhibited in Beijing, they are currently on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.
In this time-lapse video, the female phoenix–”huang” in Chinese–is lifted from the floor of the Cathedral’s Great Nave and assembled piece by piece in mid-air by an experienced team of workers.
“Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral,” will open on March 1, 2014 with a public celebration at the Cathedral from 9 AM – 5 PM. All are welcome. Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” will remain on view for the next year.
For more information, please visit stjohndivine.org and xubing.com
Photography: Joe Griffin
(c) 2014, Xu Bing Studio, Inc.
Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Nov. 26, 2010-Feb. 13, 2011)
Xu Bing will exhibit a new large-scale woodblock print at the exhibition Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition set to open at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in November 2010. The exhibition, organized by Hao Sheng, the Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, will also include work by Li Huayi, Arnold Chang, Qiu Ting, Zeng Xiaojun, Liu Dan, Qin Feng, Yu Hong, Liu Xiaodong, and Li Jin.
Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2008: Towards a Universal Pictorial Language, China Institute Gallery, New York (Through Dec. 5, 2010)
Curated by Joachim Homann and Renee Covalucci, Woodcuts in Modern China includes work by woodcut masters Gu Yuan, Li Hua, Li Huanmin, Xu Bing and others. A full-color, illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Courier, University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York (Oct. 5 – Dec. 4, 2010)
Courier brings together a range of contemporary artists who have created works that are rooted in the physical, communicative, or iconic properties of the typewriter. From emblematic homage to pointed social critique, the works selected for this exhibition demonstrate that despite its obsolete status, the typewriter remains a potent carrier of untapped ideas. Artists include, Leona Christie/Gavin Christie, Daniela Comani, Lee Etheredge IV, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Matt Liddle, Elena del Rivero, Allyson Strafella, Ignacio Uriarte, and Xu Bing, who will exhibit his interactive installation work Book from the Ground (2003-ongoing).