The book, which consists of four volumes totaling 604 pages, was printed … The entire work consists of an installation comprising books, scrolls, and paper, all printed with Xu’s imaginary, 4000-character language. Next lesson. James Turrell, Skyspace, The Way of Color. Britta Erickson, "Mistrust of Language and the Book from the Sky" in her Words Without Meaning, Meaning Without Words: The Art of Xu Bing (Seattle: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and University of Washington Press, 2001), p. 33–45. An installation that took Xu Bing over four years to complete, A Book from The Sky is comprised of printed volumes and scrolls containing four thousand ''false'' Chinese characters invented by the artist and then painstakingly The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents Xu Bing: Book from the Sky, a monumental installation by celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing (徐冰, b.1955).Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China. It also won Xu Bing international … ―Xu Bing. Chinese printmaker Xu Bing is a teacher at Beijing's prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts and a respected practitioner of … - Xu Bing Book from the Sky certainly seemed to have fallen from the heavens: the text of this installation piece was written in a new language that resembled traditional Chinese. Xu Bing, Book from the Sky, 1987–1991, mixed media installation / hand-printed books and scrolls printed from blocks inscribed with ”false” characters, installation view of Xu Bing: Book from the Sky at the Blanton Museum of Art, 2016, courtesy of Xu Bing … Xu Bing’s iconic installation Book From the Sky is arguably the artist’s most famous work. From Eslite Gallery, Xu Bing 徐冰, Book from the Sky (1991), Movable-type printing on paper, wooden case, 50 × 33.3 × 10 cm Xu Bing's Tian Shu: Book from the Sky is one of the most important and groundbreaking works of installation and conceptual art of the period. Following his classic work Book from the Sky, the Chinese artist Xu Bing presents a new graphic novel―one composed entirely of symbols and icons that are universally understood. This is the currently selected item. Tenzing Rigdol, Pin drop silence: Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara. Exhibited "Book from the Sky: a work by Xu Bing" PUAM, February 15-May 18 (extended to July 14), 2002 Xu Bing, Book from the Sky. Histories, real and imagined. Location: Beijing, China Materials: Mixed media installation / Hand-printed books and scrolls printed from blocks inscribed with ''false'' characters. A Book from the Sky (simplified Chinese: 天书; traditional Chinese: 天書; pinyin: Tiānshū) is the title of a book produced by Chinese artist Xu Bing in the style of fine editions from the Song and Ming dynasties, but filled entirely with meaningless glyphs designed to resemble traditional Chinese characters. Practice: Xu Bing, Book from the Sky . Xu Bing's A Book from the Sky 1988. No matter who scours Xu Bing's book for 'meaning', they will only discover a semblance of it: mutated characters that resist interpretation.