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 Past in the Present: Script and Archaism in Modern Chinese Art, The Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford University (Through Nov. 28, 2010)
The Past in the Present explores the evolution of Chinese calligraphy and text from earliest appearance more than two thousand years ago as inscriptions on Shang dynasty oracle bones (c.1600-1050 BC) to it’s modern forms. In addition to works of traditional Chinese calligraphy, the exhibition also includes Xu Bing’s Introduction to Square Word Calligraphy (1994-1996), a recent acquisition by the Ashmolean.
Reopened less than a year ago after a major renovation, the Ashmolean is England’s oldest museum and the world’s first university museum.
Tools for Thought: Rebuild Haiti, Benefit Auction, Sotheby’s, New York, 15 March 2010, 7:00-9:00PM EST
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Tools for Thought: Rebuild Haiti: Contemporary artists from around the globe have been called on to donate ready-made objects for a silent auction to benefit the post-earthquake relief efforts of Partners in Health (PIH). Tickets are currently on sale for $100, with all proceeds from the auction going directly to PIH. The evening will include performances by Patti Smith and friends and cocktails by Apotheke
Xu Bing has signed and donated one of his favorite calligraphy brushes; a brush he has used to create some of the most notable works in the Square Word Calligraphy series.
Other artists who have donated ready-made objects include Steven Sebring, Dan Colen, Marilyn Minter, Cai Guo Qiang, Alex Katz, Kiki Smith, Xu Bing, Aaron Young, Terence Koh, Michael Stipe, Nate Lowman, Agathe Snow, Todd Eberle, Joe Bradley, Mickalene Thomas, Sebastiaan Bremmer, Dustin Yellin, Will Ryman, Carter, Liza Lou, Francesca diMattio, Stuart Semple, Cheryl Donegan, Andrew Cramer, Shoplifter, Todd Diciurcio, Kenzo Minami, Jeff Koons, Jeremy Kost, Robert Knoke, Scott Hug, Gordon Hull, Ohad Maiman, Gregory Christie, Alec Soth, Camilo Jose Vergara, Virginia Vergara, Alexander Norton May, Grant Singer, Hiroshi McDonald Mori, Michael Bilsborough, Alex da Corte, Ellen von Unwerth among many others.
Fest de Freiheit (Festival of Freedom) – 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Nov. 9, 2009)
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989, the Goethe-Institut presents The Wall in the World, an exhibition of “bricks” designed by artists from around the world. The exhibition begins today in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as part of Festival of Freedom.
Xu Bing, one of four Chinese artists invited in May to create a polystyrene brick for the exhibition, choose instead to create his brick from a slab of concrete on which he inscribed a German translation of a Song Dynasty poem in Square Word Calligraphy. The poem by Lu You (1125-1210) describes a couple’s tragic separation and eventual reunion years later.
The four bricks, created by Chinese artists Xu Bing, Huang Rui, Wang Guangyi, and Zhang Xiaogang, were first presented at the German Embassy in Beijing on August 13th (construction began on the Berlin Wall on that day in 1961) and were later shipped to Germany for today’s events.