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[BKARTS] Xu Bing

Xu Bing is a genius. I got to see his photographic scroll that Booklyn.org had for sale last year w/ a paper-mache man in a pen w/ a pig. The man was smeared w/ pig pheromones & the pig kept "rubbing" up against the man. He was on his hands & knees. I think there were books on the floor & his english calligraphy was painted on the pig & the man. When Marshall unrolled it at my house, I swooned. It was beautiful. I remember his first installation in Madison, WI when I was an undergrad in about 1991. The scroll he had hung in the museum's atrium was breath-taking. I am definitely a huge fan of his. !!
Apparently, the doll-making stint was a way to smuggle heroine in ancient china--probably still is around the world. If i'm remembering correctly, it was buddhist monks who would smuggle the dolls. I'm probably wrong about that, but, hey, i try!~

Felice E. Lau
Felix Press
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4837
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On Feb 3, 2006, at 12:00 AM, BOOK_ARTS-L automatic digest system wrote:

Date:    Thu, 2 Feb 2006 18:48:13 -0500
From:    Paul T Werner <paul.werner@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Wheat and homeland security

The artist Xu Bing was trying to get some white powder through
Security - it was powder he'd collected from the site of the World
Trade Center and he intended it for a project somewhere. So he molded
it into a little doll which he gave to his daughter to carry. Once he
got to his destination both the powder and the narrative of the powder
turning into an immigrant girl's doll and back again became part of his
art work.

Paul T Werner, New York

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