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Title Xu Bing : beyond the Book from the Sky / Sarah E. Fraser, Yu-Chieh Li, editors.
Imprint Singapore : Springer, 2020.

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Series Chinese contemporary art series
Chinese contemporary art series.
Subject Bing, Xu, 1955-
Art, Chinese -- 20th century.
Art, Chinese -- 21st century.
Art, Modern -- 21st century.
Alt Name Fraser, Sarah Elizabeth.
Li, Yu-Chieh.
Description 1 online resource (196 p.).
Note Description based upon print version of record.
Contents Intro -- Foreword -- Introduction -- The Reception of Xu Bings Work Since 1988 and the Contributions of This Volume -- Transculturality: Art as Boundary Crossing -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Reactivating Tradition -- 1 Pre-academy Training -- 2 Training at the Academy -- 3 Different Concepts of Nature in China and Europe -- 4 Ephemeral Works -- 5 Script and Symbol -- In Dialogue with Xu Bing -- Audience Participation in Xu Bings Works: Transcultural Issues in Global Contemporary Art -- 1 Monumentality: 1987-1991
2 The Shift Towards Audience Participation in a Global Context: 1993-1994 -- 3 Tobacco Project -- 4 Forest Project -- 5 Phoenix Project -- Beyond Ink: Contemporary Experimental Ink Art -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Liu Jianhua: Huaisu and Performativity of the Active Artist -- 3 Xu Bings Background Story: Fiber Waste Invoking the Ink Tradition -- 4 Training and Cultural Heritage -- 5 New Media: Performativity Post-2000 -- 6 Ink as a Strategy -- 7 Return to the Ink Medium -- 8 Conclusion -- Borrowed Bodies, Native Tongues: Xu Bings Animalworks -- 1 Animalwords -- 2 Animalworks -- 3 Animalore
Two-Dimensionality in Installation Art: The Case of Xu Bing, Wenda Gu, and Yang Jiechang -- 1 Theatricality in Installation Art -- 2 Techniques of Two-Dimensionality -- 3 Reproducible Flat Surfaces: Xu Bing -- 4 Biological Wall Hangings: Wenda Gu -- 5 Sculptural Ink: Yang Jiechang -- 6 Two-Dimensionality and Art Autonomy -- From Small Woodcuts to Experimental Printmaking: Xu Bing in the 1980s -- 1 Before Book from the Sky -- 2 Toward an Exploration of Print Mediums -- 3 Between the Mainstream and the Avant-Garde -- 4 Uncovering a Nascent Interest in Language -- 5 Conclusion
Behind the Painting: Xu Bings Hybrid Landscapes -- Phoenix Project: An Afterimage of Labor -- The Changing Paradigm of Realism in China: The Case of Xu Bing -- 1 The Paradigmatic Transformations of Realism in China, from the 1920s to the Early 1980s -- 2 Searching for Realism in Different Mediums -- Art as a Vehicle for Social Change: A Biographical History of Xu Bings uvre -- 1 Prologue -- 2 Tradition and Socialism as Inspiration -- 3 An Alternative Reading of Book from the Sky -- 4 From Medium Specificity to Conceptual Transformation -- 5 ̀Àny Tradition Not Revitalized Is Ineffective
Core Events of Contemporary Art from Mainland China, 1980-2015, Mainland China, the Asia-Pacific Region, Europe, and the Ameri... -- References -- Bibliography
Summary This volume offers a path-breaking reassessment of Xu Bings oeuvre by analyzing the diverse cultural environments in which his work has developed since the Book from the Sky. It contains three lecture transcripts and eight art historical essays; these explore themes such as Xus animal works, audience participation, new ink, prints, realism, socialist spectacle, and word play. A critical question addressed in this volume is what carries art to a global level beyond regional histories and cultural symbols. Absorbing critical essays on contemporary Chinese aesthetics addressing the social context and philosophical concerns that underlie Xu Bings key works. The authors analyze Xus art, shedding light on the tangled history of socialism and neoliberalism in the Post-Mao period. --Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose, Senior Professor, Institute of East Asian Art, Universitat Heidelberg.
ISBN 9789811530647 (electronic bk.)
9811530645 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-981-15-3064-7
OCLC # 1181847993
Additional Format Print version: Fraser, Sarah E. Xu Bing : Beyond the Book from the Sky Singapore : Springer Singapore Pte. Limited,c2020 9789811530630

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