WorldCat Identities

Xu, Bing 1955-

Overview
Works: 98 works in 167 publications in 4 languages and 4,224 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Miscellanea  Interviews  Catalogs  Stories without words  Graphic novels 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Other, Artist
Classifications: N7349.X8, 709.2
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Bing Xu
The art of Xu Bing : words without meaning, meaning without words by Britta Erickson( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 444 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
Book from the ground : from point to point by Bing Xu( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chinese artist Xu Bing presents a new graphic novel--one composed entirely of symbols and icons. Xu Bing spent seven years gathering materials, experimenting, revising, and arranging thousands of pictograms to construct this narrative. The result is a readable story without words recording 24 hours in the day of the life of a typical urban white-collar worker. Using an exclusively visual language, the text could be published anywhere without translation"--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 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La publicación constituye un estudio multidisciplinario del arte de Xu Bing y sus implicaciones intelectuales, con ensayos que abordan el lugar de su obra en la historia de la caligrafía china, examinándola en el contexto de la disidencia intelectual china, estableciendo paralelismos con las vanguardias japonesas, y analizándola desde la perspectiva de la historia del arte occidental. Desde sus más de 4000 caracteres chinos no leíbles, con el propósito de unir al público oriental y occidental en un igualitarismo de "aliteratura" inducida, hasta la invención de sus "palabras cuadradas", Xu Bing utiliza el lenguaje de forma brillante, amena y profundamente subversiva para -en palabras suyas- "atacar la esencia misma de la cultura."
The book about Xu Bing's Book from the ground( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 169 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 )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 162 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
Xu Bing : Tobacco Project, Duke/Shanghai/Virginia, 1999-2011 by John B Ravenal( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 119 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 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to square word calligraphy by Bing Xu( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 20 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 )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tasapainoilua : kuusi reittiä Himalajalle( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in Finnish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qian li zhi xing : zhong yang mei shu xue yuan 2012 jie bi ye sheng you xiu zuo pin zhan = The start of a long journey : 2012 CAFA excellent graduation works exhibition by Bing Xu( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2014 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 by CAFAM wei lai zhan( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in Chinese and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ostwind : Yoshihiro Suda, Fang Lijun, Xu Bing( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in German and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1 edition published in 2010 in Chinese and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shou jie CAFAM wei lai zhan : ya xian xiang, Zhongguo qing nian yi shu sheng tai bao gao ti ming ji by CAFAM wei lai zhan( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Chinese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shou jie CAFAM wei lai zhan : Ya xian xiang : Zhongguo qing nian yi shu sheng tai bao gao zhan lan ji by CAFAM wei lai zhan( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in Chinese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symposium Shu, reinventing books in contemporary Chinese art, December 16, 2006 by China Institute in America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symposium held Dec. 16, 2006 at the China Institute, related to an exhibition at the China Institute Gallery held Sept. 28-Nov. 11, 2006 and Dec. 13, 2006-Feb. 24, 2007
The story of the Phoenix : Xu Bing's Phoenix Project by Bing Xu( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dishu : cong dian dao dian by Bing Xu( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Xu Bing's most recent work, Book from the Ground, he is compiling a universal language created from existing international icons. The first icons came from airplane safety cards and airports, and later came from street signs, other safety instructions, advertising and other sources. The icons are chosen for their universality, and require almost no learning curve from most people who read them. His plan is to create a multilingual dictionary and software of these words (for universal translation) and to publish a novel written in this icon language
 
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The art of Xu Bing : words without meaning, meaning without words
Alternative Names
Bing, Xu 1955-

Hsü, Ping 1955-

Xu 1955- Bing

Xu, Bing

Xu, Bing 1955-

徐冰 1955-

Languages
English (59)

Chinese (29)

Finnish (5)

German (3)

Covers
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, 1992The art of Xu Bing : words without meaning, meaning without words