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XU BING
Property from the Estate of John Bransten
XU BING

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XU BING
(B. 1955)
A Book from the Sky
signed in Chinese; signed 'Xu Bing' in Pinyin; numbered '73/100' (on the first page of each books)
four hand-woodblock printed books in original wood case
each book: 46 x 30 cm. (18 x 11 7/8 in.) (4)
wood case: 50 x 33 x 10 cm. (19 5/8 x 13 x 4 in.)
edition 73/100
Executed in 1991
Provenance
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
Acquired directly from the above and thence by descent to the present owners
Literature
Chinese Century, Paris-Pekin, Paris, France, 2002 (different edition illustrated, p. 217).
Jean-Marc Decrop & Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Modernites Chinoises, SKIRA, Paris, France, 2003 (different edition illustrated, plate 46, p. 64).
China Audio & Video Publishing House, China International Gallery Exposition 2004 (CIGE), Beijing, China (different edition illustrated, p. 257).
Hatje Cantz Verlag, Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany, 2005 (different edition illustrated, p. 285).
Lingnan Art Publishing House, Create History: Commemoration Exhibition of Chinese Modern Art in 1980s, Guangdong, China, 2006 (different sized version and edition illustrated, unpaged).
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Mahjong: Art, Film, and Change in China, exh. cat., California, USA, 2008 (different edition illustrated, p. 25).
Ullens Center of Contemporary & Shanghai People Publishing House, 85' New Wave: the First Chinese Contemporary Art Movement, exh. cat., Beijing, China, 2008 (different sized version and edition illustrated, p. 155).
Richard Vine, New China New Art, Prestel Verlag, Munich, London & New York, 2008 (different sized version and edition illustrated, p. 63).
Prestel Verlag, China's ReVision, Munich, London & New York, 2008 (different sized version and edition illustrated, p. 110).
Queensland Art Gallery, The China Project, Queensland, Australia, 2009 (different edition illustrated, p. 40).
Exhibited
Bern, Switzerland, Kunstmuseum Bern, Mahjong - Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, 13 June-16 October 2005 (different edition exhibited).
Hamburg, Germany, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Mahjong - Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, 2006 (different edition exhibited).
Shenzhen, China, OCT-Contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Create History: Commemoration Exhibition of Chinese Modern Art in 1980s, 3-30 November 2006 (different sized version and edition exhibited).
Beijing, China, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 85' New Wave: the First Chinese Contemporary Art Movement, 5 November 2007-17 February 2008 (different sized version and edition exhibited).
California, USA, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, 10 September 2008-4 January 2009 (different edition exhibited).
Koblenz, Germany, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, China's ReVision, 9 November 2008-25 January 2009 (different sized version and edition exhibited).
Queensland, Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, The China Project, 28 March-28 June 2009 (different edition exhibited).
California, USA, Pacific Art Museum, Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, 17 September 2009-17 January 2010.

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