Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing
With essays by Judith Goldman, Peter D McDonald, and Xu Bing
Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 28th February to 19th May 2013
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, 2013.
Soft-bound; 220 x 280 mm; 204 pages. No dust jacket. Profusely illustrated and printed on good quality paper. Includes some text in Chinese, pages 121-123.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound and tight with no creasing of the spine. The contents are clean and unmarked.
“Xu Bing (b. 1955) is one of China’s most acclaimed living artists, internationally recognised for works that use language to challenge assumptions about culture. In Landscape/Landscript, the first exhibition and book devoted to his landscape works, Xu Bing addresses the Chinese language through its pictorial qualities and its relationship with landscape painting. He uses Chinese characters to compose mountains, trees, clouds and rivers. In new works presented for the first time here he develops the method to make copies of traditional landscape scrolls painted in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and so adds a new dimension to the tradition itself. Landscape/Landscript also surveys Xu Bing’s landscape work throughout his career and looks beyond China to the rest of the world. As a student and young lecturer he constantly sketched the Chinese landscape using the European styles taught at that time. More recently, Xu Bing used landscape to engage with contemporary global issues, in an ongoing educational project that uses landscape painting to develop environmental improvements in Africa, China and South America.”