Saturday, February 27, 2010

Xu Bing

Xu Bing (徐冰) is one contemporary Chinese artist that I am writing my paper on for my Contemporary Chinese Art course. Born in 1955, he lived through the Cultural Revolution. He created A Book from the Sky to express his mistrust and skepticism of language and words that developed during the Cultural Revolution. During the Cultural Revolution and under Totalitarianism, governments often manipulate and distort words and language to express their ideas and get people to believe in their ideology. Conceived over a number of years, Xu Bing fabricated words that resembles Chinese characters but have no meaning. He carved every single character by hand and printed this installation artwork. The result is a hauntingly beautiful, traditional yet avant-garde work of art.

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