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Xu, Bing 1955-

Works: 134 works in 269 publications in 5 languages and 5,185 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Juvenile works  Picture puzzles  Picture books  Fiction  Stories without words  Graphic novels  Comics (Graphic works) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Artist, Illustrator, Interviewee, Wood -engraver, Other
Classifications: N7349.X8, 709.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bing Xu
The art of Xu Bing : words without meaning, meaning without words by Britta Erickson( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Featuring works in Square Word Calligraphy, his whimsical, invented style of writing, The Art of Xu Bing traces the calligrapher's career and provides illustrations and in-depth descriptions of his works, which have been shown from Finland to Australia and the United States. Author and art historian Britta Erickson leads this look into Xu Bing's development as a significant international artist, and Xu Bing himself contributes a chapter on his life and work."--Jacket
Look! what do you see? : an art puzzle book of American & Chinese songs by Bing Xu( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seventeen traditional American and Chinese songs are written in artist Xu Bing's signature Square Word Calligraphy"--
Book from the ground : from point to point by Bing Xu( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty years ago I made Book from the Sky, a book of illegible Chinese characters that no one could read. Now I have created Book from the Ground, a book that anyone can read." (Xu Bing)0Following his classic work Book from the Sky, the Chinese artist Xu Bing presents a new graphic novel—one composed entirely of symbols and icons that are universally understood. Xu Bing spent seven years gathering materials, experimenting, revising, and arranging thousands of pictograms to construct the narrative of Book from the Ground. The result is a readable story without words, an account of twenty-four hours in the life of “Mr. Black," a typical urban white-collar worker.0Our protagonist’s day begins with wake-up calls from a nearby bird and his bedside alarm clock; it continues through tooth-brushing, coffee-making, TV-watching, and cat-feeding. He commutes to his job on the subway, works in his office, ponders various fast-food options for lunch, waits in line for the bathroom, daydreams, sends flowers, socializes after work, goes home, kills a mosquito, goes to bed, sleeps, and gets up the next morning to do it all over again. His day is recounted with meticulous and intimate detail, and reads like a postmodern, post-textual riff on James Joyce’s account of Bloom’s peregrinations in Ulysses. But Xu Bing’s narrative, using an exclusively visual language, could be published anywhere, without translation or explication; anyone with experience in contemporary life--anyone who has internalized the icons and logos of modernity, from smiley faces to transit maps to menus--can understand it
Persistence-transformation : text as image in the art of Xu Bing( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The calligrapher and book artist Xu Bing has been called the most innovative Chinese artist of our time. As a citizen of both China and the United States and the first Asian-American artist to win the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius award," Xu Bing has fascinated and challenged audiences around the world with his imaginative textual art. From his 4,000 unreadable Chinese-looking characters, which unite Asian and Western audiences alike in an egalitarianism of induced illiteracy, to his invention of a "square words" language that makes "Chinese" readable by anyone at all, Xu Bing's use of language is at once artistically brilliant, highly entertaining, and profoundly subversive--a sharp-witted, masterly word-play that, in his own words, "strikes at the very essence of culture."In exhibitions on four continents, Xu Bing's printed art, mixed-media installations, and performance pieces--from books and calligraphic sculptures to inscribed pigs--have fascinated specialists and general audiences alike and generated a growing body of literature. This volume presents the first multidisciplinary study of Xu Bing's art and its intellectual implications. Included is an illuminating account by Xu Bing of his own work, as well as essays by leading scholars in a number of different fields. The essays address the place of this work within the long history of Chinese calligraphic practice, examine it in the context of Chinese intellectual dissidence, discuss Japanese avant-garde parallels, and judge it from a Western art-historical viewpoint
The book about Xu Bing's Book from the ground( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although the pictogram-only narrative in Xu Bing's Book from the Ground can be read by anyone, there is much more to the story of Xu Bing's wordless book than can be gleaned from icons alone. This companion volume to Book from the Ground chronicles the entire project, mapping the history of Xu Bing's novel creation from inspiration to exhibition to publication. In the 1980s, Xu Bing created Book from the Sky. Using garbled and nonsensical faux-Chinese characters, this installation expressed Xu's doubts about written language and provoked questions about the Chinese language. Thirty years later, with Book from the Ground, the artist expresses his hope for a single, universally understood language. Inspired by airport signs that communicate instantaneously through images--directing a temporary community of modern nomads where to eat, shop, sit, and find a bathroom--Xu began to collect images, icons, and logos from which he could construct a story. This book describes Xu's research, showing notebook pages and bulletin boards full of clipped-out images; offers commentary by the artist and discussions of reading, alphabets and languages; documents, with text and photographs, exhibitions and installations connected to the work (including a Book from the Ground pop-up concept store); provides a list of works; describes Xu's "icon lab"; and "translates" Xu's pictographic narrative into English."--Publisher's website
Landscape/landscript : nature as language in the art of Xu Bing by S. J Vainker( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The importance of the written word in Chinese art - as inscription, decoration or calligraphy with brush and ink - is one of the most discussed topics in the history of Chinese art. Here, Xu Bing examines the systems within the written language itself, illustrating how the visual elements articulate or create a relationship between the language user and the myriad objects around him
Reading space : the art of Xu Bing by Bing Xu( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this solo exhibition at the Clifford Gallery curated by Carolyn Guile, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History, Chinese artist Xu Bing (b. 1955, Chongqing, Sichuan province, China), winner of a MacArthur "genius grant" (1999), presents fifteen works drawn from the last twenty years that explore the interpretability of text and image, including a portion of A Book from the Sky (1987). Emerging from his position as witness to the Cultural Revolution in China, Xu Bing has created works that engage the public and private act of reading. The exhibition continues A Year of Chinese Art at Colgate sponsored by the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts and made possible in part by the generous support of Robert H.N. Ho '56. Examples of Xu Bing's early work, emerging from the Chinese woodblock printmaking tradition, are currently on view in the exhibition, Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2998: Toward a Universal Language, co-curated by Joachim Homann and Renee Covalucci at Colgate's Picker Art Gallery through April 26, 2009. Reading Space: The Art of Xu Bing will be accompanied by an illustrated scholarly catalogue with contributions by Gao Minglu, Jerome Silbergeld, and Carolyn Guile
Xu Bing : Tobacco Project, Duke/Shanghai/Virginia, 1999-2011 by John B Ravenal( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tianshu : passages in the making of a book by John Cayley( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feng huang : Ouyang Jianghe shi ge chuang zuo : yu Xu Bing yi shu dui hua by Jianghe Ouyang( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Chinese and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woodcuts in modern China, 1937-2008 : towards a universal pictorial language( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xu Bing: Phoenix( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A behind the scenes look at the creation and installation of "Phoenix," the sculpture by Chinese artist Xu Bing created from the construction debris of China. Xu Bing describes how the project originated and how he drew inspiration from the transformative nature of the migrant construction workers' efforts, the transformation of Chinese society, and the traditional elements of both Chinese folk art and folklore. Originally commissioned to decorate the atrium of a new building in China, it was rescued by a Taiwanese art collector when the original sponsor withdrew funding, and is now installed at the Massachusetts Museum of Contempary Art (Mass MoCa)
Wo de zhen wen zi by Bing Xu( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in Chinese and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu fen liang bu fen:shang ji"yi shu sui bi"shi wu pian:shi dui yu yi shu you guan de shi yu ren de kan fa.Xiang shi ge ren jing li de si wei xiao shi,Ye dai chu le dang shi de yu jing,Suo yi da ti an shi jian shun xu bian pai;Xia ji"guan yu zuo pin"shi pian:you dian xiang"chuang zuo ti hui",Bao kuo< tian shu>,< dong wu xi lie>,< ying wen fang kuai zi>,< wen zi xie sheng xi lie> deng
An introduction to square word calligraphy by Bing Xu( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Provides instruction on the basic principles of New English Calligraphy, a writing system invented and designed by the artist ... a fusion of written English and written Chinese. The letters of an English word are slightly altered and arranged in a square word format so that the word takes on the ostensible form of a Chinese character, yet remains legible to the English reader"--Distributor's information sheet
Reinventing tradition in a new world : the arts of Gu Wenda, Wang Mansheng, Xu Bing and Zhang Hongtu by Ying Wang( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tasapainoilua : kuusi reittiä Himalajalle( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in Finnish and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diamond leaves : artist books from around the world( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une histoire sans mots by Bing Xu( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in French and Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qi Baishi : cong qun zhong zhong lai dao qun zhong zhong qu by Baishi Qi( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Chinese and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Di er jie CAFAM wei lai zhan : chuang ke chuang ke : Zhongguo qing nian yi shu de xian shi biao zheng ti ming ji( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in Chinese and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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English (82)

Chinese (34)

Finnish (5)

German (4)

French (3)

Persistence-transformation : text as image in the art of Xu BingReinventing tradition in a new world : the arts of Gu Wenda, Wang Mansheng, Xu Bing and Zhang HongtuReinventing tradition in a new world : the arts of Gu Wenda, Wang Mansheng, Xu Bing and Zhang HongtuWhere heaven and earth meet : Xu Bing & Cai Guo-QiangThree installations by Xu Bing : November 30, 1991-January 19, 1992Three installations : [Exhibition], November 30, 1990-January 19, 1992, Elvehjem Museum of Art