Xu Bing Studio Blog

Wallspace* Features “Book from the Ground”

Posted in Book from the Ground, Online Curated by xubing on July 31, 2009

Wallpaper.com, the online presence of formidable British design mag Wallpaper*,  now features the curatorial dabblings of its most admired creative talents at its new online gallery Wallspace*. Xu Bing was recently invited to select and describe his favorite found icons from the wide-ranging icono-linguistic project Book from the Ground (2003-ongoing). Click on the screenshot below to have a look.

A screenshot of Xu Bing's contribution to Wallspace*.                                [CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VISIT

A screenshot of Xu Bing's contribution to Wallspace* (Click on the screenshot to view the gallery).

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Beaufort 03: Triennial of Art by the Sea, Ostende, Belgium (Mar. 28-Oct. 4, 2009)

Posted in Current Exhibitions, Square Word Calligraphy by xubing on July 30, 2009

Xu Bing's "Stone Path" at Leopold Park in downtown Ostende (Photo: Andre Langenus).

Xu Bing's "Stone Path" at Leopold Park in downtown Ostende (Photo: Andre Langenus).

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For the 3rd Beaufort sculpture trienniale, Beaufort 3: Triennial of Art by the Sea, Xu Bing is exhibiting Stone Path (2008), a carved stone pathway that narrates Su Shi‘s well-known Song Dynasty poem “In response to Ziyou’s poem about days in Mianchi.” The Square Word Calligraphy path, which visitors are welcome to tread upon, winds its way through Leopold Park in downtown Ostend, a small seaside city on Belgium’s North coast.

ArtZone, Arizona Museum for Youth, Mesa, Arizona (Aug. 28, 2009-Aug. 2010)

Posted in Past Exhibitions, Square Word Calligraphy by xubing on July 30, 2009

 

A visitor tests Xu Bing's "Square Word Calligraphy" computer font at Wordplay: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing," Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (2001).

Having a go with Xu Bing's Square Word Calligraphy" computer font at "Wordplay: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing," Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (2001).

ArtZone, a year long exploration of art and design fundamentals aimed at museum visitors of all ages, will run from August 28th, 2009 until August 2010 at the Arizona Museum for Youth. Organized by Arizona Museum for Youth Curator Jeffory Morris, the exhibition will include Xu Bing’s Square Word Calligraphy: Computer Font Project (1998-ongoing) an interactive computer installation that allows visitors to generate Square Word Calligraphy (1994-1996) printouts of any word they choose to enter into the command prompt.

Dojima River Biennale 2009, Dojima River Forum, Osaka (Aug. 8-Sept. 6, 2009)

Posted in Past Exhibitions, Square Word Calligraphy by xubing on July 30, 2009
A digital mock-up of Xu Bing's 26 x 26 foot "Magic Carpet" (2006), which will go on display next week in Osaka

A digital mock-up of Xu Bing's 26 x 26 foot "Magic Carpet" (2006), which will go on display next week in Osaka, Japan.

Led by Artistic Director Fumio Nanjo (Director of the Mori Art Museum) and curated by Kenji Kubota, the 1st Dojima River Biennale will open in Osaka, Japan on August 8th. 26 works from Singapore Biennale 2006 will be exhibited for about one month. Xu Bing will show one piece from his Magic Carpet series (2006).

The carpet, a massive 26 x 26 foot hand-woven wool prayer carpet filled with religious texts transcribed as Square Word Calligraphy. This prayer carpet, originally intended for the use of Buddhist devotees at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple in downtown Singapore is based, in part, on the  concept of the Xuan Jitu, an embroidered brocade word puzzle created during the Former Qin period(351-394 AD) by Su Hui. The orignal Xuan Jitu—a square composed of 841 Chinese characters—reveals over 200 distinct poems when read in different directions. In Magic Carpet, Xu Bing creates a modern “Xuan Jitu” out of four religious texts (Jewish, Gnostic Christian, Buddhist and Marxist). A second carpet, inscribed with the English word “belief” in Square Word Calligraphy, was later donated by the artist to the Kwan Im Temple.

“Tianshu: passages in the making of a book,” an in-depth study of Xu Bing’s landmark work “Book from the Sky” now available

Posted in Book from the Sky, Past Exhibitions, Publication by xubing on July 29, 2009
"Tianshu: passages in the making of a book," an in-depth, multi-disciplinary study of Xu Bing's landmark work is 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.