The Department of State Office of Art in Embassies has announced Xu Bing as one of the recipients of the second US. Department of State- Medal of Arts.
Other artists who also received the award are Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley.
For further information from the U.S. Department of State, click here.
Six Routes to the Himalayas “Kiasma,” a periodical published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.
The article features Xu Bing’s trip to the Himalayas in 1999 with artists: Honoré δ’O from Belgium, Simryn Gill from Australia, Hans Hamid Rasmussen from Norway, Liisa Roberts from Italy, Jussi Heikkila and Hannu Jannes from Finland.
Xu Bing’s immersion in the Nepalese landscape led him to create his now well-known Landscript series, a style of landscape painting that uses ancient Chinese pictorgrams to depict the objects which they represent. This series was recently the subject of Landscape/Landscript, an in-depth solo exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.