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ALEPH ID 000414489
OCLC Number (OCoLC)319705772 (OCoLC)798062888 (OCoLC)841484943
Title Tianshu : passages in the making of a book / John Cayley, Xu Bing, & others ; editor, Katherine Spears.
Imprint London : Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 2009.
Description iii, 177 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
Notes "Published in conjunction with an exhibition on the making of Book from the Sky at Bernard Quaritch March 18th-April 17th 2009"--Title page verso.
Unknown characters on cover. The characters do not exist in the ASCII system and are not key-able. Chinese-born, U.S.-based artist Xu Bing (born 1955) makes epic, language-based sculptures, books and installations that are frequently inspired by China’s rich heritage of print culture and bookmaking. This beautifully designed volume records his acclaimed work "Tianshu" (or "Book from the Sky"). "Tianshu" consists of four volumes of unreadable "Chinese" characters printed in a traditional Chinese style from 4,000 hand-carved pieces of wood type. (The number of invented characters was based on the actual number of characters in common usage in China.) It took Xu Bing four years to carve the type and create the characters for this extraordinary work, which he first conceived in 1986 as "a book that no one would ever be able to read."
Bibliographic Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-176).
Language Note One contribution in Chinese.
Subjects LinkXu, Bing, 1955- Tianshu -- Exhibitions.
Subjects LinkArtists’ books -- China -- Exhibitions.
Other Authors LinkXu, Bing, 1955-
LinkCayley, John.
LinkSpears, Katherine.
Other Authors LinkBernard Quaritch (Firm)
Additional Titles Passages in the making of a book
ISBN 0955085292 (pbk.)
9780955085291 (pbk.)

Library Holdings Library Stacks / Regular loan
N7433.4.X8 T53 2009
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