This spring, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) presented Xu Bing: A Retrospective, Asia’s first large-scale solo exhibition of Xu Bing’s work. The exhibition was curated by the Museum’s senior curator and art critic Chia Chi Jason Wang. The exhibition included such major works as Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky, Ghosts Pounding the Wall, 1st Class and massive new installation of Background Story series. Xu Bing: Art As a Form of Thinking, a lecture by noted scholar John Rajchman, Columbia University, investigated the way various modes of thinking are given play in Xu Bing’s creative practice.
A small booklet and checklist produced by TFAM in English and Traditional Chinese is available for download here.
The Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery Grand Opening, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has recently opened its newly constructed Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery, three adjoining rooms that showcase the Museum’s growing collection of Chinese Art.
Volumes of Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky (1987-1991) will be displayed alongside a new commission by Cai Guo-Qiang and a recent video work by Yang Fudong. The galleries will also include stunning examples of traditional Chinese sculpture and painting.
A scroll from Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky (1987-1991) is featured in the new book 100 Postcards by Yomota Inuhiko, a Japanese author, cultural essayist, translator, film historian and member of the Faculty of Literature at Meiji Gakuin University.
In 100 Postcards, Inuhiko sends one hundred images to one hundred people, along with his words, in the style of the picture postcard. The recipients include cultural luminaries such as Jean-Luc Godard, John Cage, and Chen Kaige. The image of Xu Bing’s scroll accompanies a note addressed to the Korean-born video artist Nam June Paik:
“These hectic days when you would be in NY only for the O-bon Festival and New Years are now in the past. What I recall is Miki Kiyoshi’s words written in Korean on the bathroom wall (I used to think about writing a play, some time ago, about his wretched final days). You told me that the person you thought was truly a genius was Noh Chun-Myung, a Korean poet from some years back.
The day we met was December 30 and a Korean TV network was scheduled to do a story about you. You left an impression on me by saying that, if asked to say a word to people back in your homeland, you’d call for the immediate restoration of the use of Chinese characters in writing.
100 Postcards is published under ISBN: 978-4-903655-05-5. English translations of all of the postcards are included as an appendix in the book. It can be purchased here.
“Tianshu: passages in the making of a book,” an in-depth study of Xu Bing’s landmark work “Book from the Sky” now available
Tianshu: passages in the making of a book (ISBN: 0-9550852-9-2), an in-depth scholarly analysis of Xu Bing’s landmark installation work Book from the Sky or 天书＝Tianshu (1987-1991), published by Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., is now available through Worldwide Books.
This 177 page monographic publication includes full-color plates, essays by Xu Bing, John Cayley (Brown University), Lydia Liu (Columbia University), Haun Saussy (Yale University) and Wu Hung (University of Chicago), edited by Katherine Spears and with a forward by John Koh Appendices include exhibition history, bibliography and object information for Book from the Sky.