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Xu Bing is a contemporary printmaker renown for work with text, language, and communication. Bing also produces the traditional Chinese landscape.

Xu Bing was born in Chongqing, China in the year 1955.

Bing grew up in Beijing, China. The artist attended the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts where he earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A.

One critically acclaimed work was a large installation he named “Tiger Rug.” The work consisted of 500,000 cigarettes! This work is the third from the top in the gallery.

Below a brief interview with Xu Bing:

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $750,000. Bing works in acrylics and inks.

Bing eventually was named Vice President of the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts.

The most famous work by Xu Bing is called Book from the Sky. In this clip this work is reviewed in detail:

Bing is based out of New York City and Beijing, China.

The artist was a recipient of the “genius grant” MacArthur Fellowship in 1999.

What a great example of how text is important to a culture. Lets hope in the future handwriting isn’t extinct by the 22nd century!