XU BING    徐冰

 

1955 born in Chongqing, China

 

 

Xu Bing currently resides in Beijing, where he serves as the vice-president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is most known for his printmaking skills and installations pieces, as well as his creative artistic use of language, words, and text and how they have affected our understanding of the world.

Over the years, Xu Bing’s work has appeared in high-school and college text-books around the world including Abram’s “Art Past – Art Present,” Gardner’s “Art Through the Ages” and Greg Clunas’s “Chinese Art” a volume in the “Oxford History of Art” series, Jane Farver’s Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s – 1980s (Queens Museum of Art Press) and Art Worlds in Dialogue (Museum Ludwig Press). In 2006, the Princeton University Press published “Persistence/Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing” a multidisciplinary study of Xu Bing’s landmark work “Book from the Sky.” In 2008, Professor Robert Harrist, Chair of Chinese Art at Columbia University, New York, began teaching a graduate seminar entitled “The Art of Xu Bing.”

 

徐冰,中国现代艺术家,中央美术学院副院长,现居北京。以创造了汉字式的西方书法“天书”而著名,并因此获得了用于奖励创新的麦克阿瑟奖。当时奖项颁发给他的原因基于“在书法和版画上具有原创性、省思、直观的能力,替社会做出了重要贡献。”

“天书”是徐冰将汉字作为现代艺术题材的第一件作品,随后他发展出“新英文书法”教育系统,1996年时,徐冰改变展览的形式为开放式,让参观者能够坐下来,实际书写英文字母、汉字外型、汉字结构。他甚至在美国开办了新英文书法的教室系统,到许多学校去让学生们用当代艺术的形式,接触另一个文化。

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