Xu-Bing-A-book-from-the-sky.jpg (JPEG Image, 1189 × 570 pixels)

Xu-Bing-A-book-from-the-sky.jpg (JPEG Image, 1189 × 570 pixels).


First had the pleasure of seeing a Xu Bing installation at the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C. more than 10 years ago now…  That visit to D.C. towards the end of when I was in high school, maybe the winter of 2002.  Seeing this absurdly magnificent “Book from the Sky” on full display was a treat.  Even though Xu Bing’s “Book” is printed with invented nonsense characters, they are each imbued with a literally unique effort.  Each character is its own satire, its own criticism, its own act in defiance of (scriptographical, orthological?) authority.

2 thoughts on “Xu-Bing-A-book-from-the-sky.jpg (JPEG Image, 1189 × 570 pixels)

  1. Use of this image for a public presentation please

    My name is Lisa Winstanley an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. I would very much like to use your image of Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky exhibit in an upcoming talk I am giving at the National Library in Singapore. The talk is regarding the visible word and looks at books from a typographical perspective. I will of course give full credit for using this image if you are agreeable. Many thanks Lisa

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