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Artist’s Talk: Xu Bing

Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

March 5, 2008; 90 Minutes; Video

A recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award who now divides his time between New York and China, Xu Bing was recently appointed Vice President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Working in a wide range of media, the internationally acclaimed, Chinese-born artist creates complex, haunting works that call into question how meaning is communicated through language. In preparation for an extended residency at the Arts Research Center in Spring 2009, Xu Bing presented and discussed his work. Xu Bing will be featured in two upcoming exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum: Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection in fall 2008 and Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet in spring 2009.

Xu Bing’s talk was sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies; the Center for Chinese Studies; the Arts Research Center; the Department of History of Art; and the Berkeley Art Museum.