Unscripted: Xu Bing on Contemporary Currents in Chinese Art
In this talk, contemporary artist Xu Bing surveys the exciting trends of contemporary Chinese art. Born in 1955 in Chongqing, Sichuan province, Xu Bing works and lives in Beijing and New York. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (CAFA), where he has also taught and is currently its vice-president. His solo exhibition venues include the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Joan Miro Foundation, Spain; National Gallery of Prague and the Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas. Xu Bing has also shown at the 45th and 51st Venice Biennales; the Biennale of Sydney, and the Johannesburg Biennale among other international exhibitions.In his art, Xu Bing addresses questions of language, reading, and semiotics. His works range from monumental installations to handcrafted books and plays with the written word, usually in the ingenious reshaping of radical Chinese characters forming a landscape of language. Xu Bing has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, the first Wales International Visual Art Prize, Artes Mundi, and an honorary doctorate from Columbia University, New York, to name just a few.
This event is co-sponsored by the Cantor Arts Center, the Department of Art & Art History, Tthe Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Humanities Center, the Center for East Asian Studies, and SiCa.