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Xu, Bing 1955-

Works: 163 works in 293 publications in 5 languages and 5,766 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Juvenile works  Puzzles and games  Picture puzzles  Picture books  Fiction  Graphic novels  Stories without words 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Illustrator, Artist, Interviewee, Contributor
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 )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 482 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 )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 462 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 )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following 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."--Back cover
Persistence-transformation : text as image in the art of Xu Bing( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 289 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
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 188 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
The book about Xu Bing's Book from the ground( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 187 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
Reading space : the art of Xu Bing by Bing Xu( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 175 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 )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tianshu: Passages in the Making of a Book" examines Tianshu with a focus on the bibliographic and technical details of the work and contains new essays by Xu Bing (published both in Mandarin and in translation); John Cayley (Brown University); Professor Lydia Liu (Columbia University); and Professor Haun Saussy (Yale University). It also includes an essay from 1994 on Xu Bing's "nonsense writing" by Professor Wu Hung (University of Chicago); a detailed bibliographic description of the Tianshu; and a thorough exhibition history. This book is the most comprehensive study of the Tianshu to date
Woodcuts in modern China, 1937-2008 : towards a universal pictorial language( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ai hua : Luobote Yindianna yu Ya Zhou by Robert Indiana( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in Chinese and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Projects 70 : banners (cycle 1) : Shirin Neshat, Simon Patterson, Xu Bing : the Museum of Modern Art New York, November 22, 1999-May 1, 2000) by Shirin Neshat( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wo de zhen wen zi by Bing Xu( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in Chinese and held by 35 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
Xu Bing: Phoenix( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 30 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)
An introduction to square word calligraphy by Bing Xu( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 22 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
Une histoire sans mots by Bing Xu( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in French and Undetermined and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une histoire sans mots est réellement une histoire sans mots. A partir de pictogrammes totalement inventés, voici, heure par heure, une journée de M Noir. M Noir ? Un col blanc. M. Noir ? Un citadin. Sa journée ? Des soucis, l'ennui, ses rêves. De bonne heure, il se précipite dans le métro. Bureau. Emails. Une conférence à préparer, bavardage avec les collègues au déjeuner, esquive des coups de fil de sa famille qui le pousse à se marier. La journée finie, M Noir peut enfin s'offrir un peu de bon temps, il invite une fille rencontrée sur Internet à prendre un verre... La journée de M Noir verra-t-elle un éclair de bonheur ?¦
Tasapainoilua : kuusi reittiä Himalajalle( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in Finnish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reinventing tradition in a new world : the arts of Gu Wenda, Wang Mansheng, Xu Bing and Zhang Hongtu by Ying Wang( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 15 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 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu nei rong bao kuo:"ren min yi yuan zi ran tian xing zhi po cong yi","du li hua jia ge ti jing shen zhi hui ying sheng","shi jie gong min yi wei tian xia guo ji yang ming","ren min yi shu jia qun zhong zhong lai qun zhong zhong qu"deng
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The art of Xu Bing : words without meaning, meaning without words
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 HongtuMahjong : contemporary Chinese art from the Sigg CollectionWhere heaven and earth meet : Xu Bing & Cai Guo-QiangThree installations by Xu Bing : November 30, 1991-January 19, 1992
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