The character of characters : an animation by Xu Bing

Xu, Bing, 1955-

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  • This publication includes a supplementary essay by Erickson and an extended personal commentary by the artist Xu Bing on his new work, "The character of characters", which Xu created to accompany the exhibition "Out of character: decoding Chinese calligraphy" at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco from October 5, 2012 through January 13, 2013 and also presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from April 13 through August 3, 2014. The entire animation is included on a DVD attached to the back page of the publication.
  • Includes bibliographical references.
  • Accompanying videodisc is in DVD format.
  • English and Chinese.


  • Director's preface / Jay Xu -- Xu Bing's journey through language / Britta Erickson -- The character of characters: an animation / Xu Bing
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