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Prominent Chinese Contemporary Artist Xu Bing is Artist in Residence at UH Manoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Sep 24, 2002

Xu Bing, a prominent Chinese contemporary artist, is the current artist in residence with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s Art Department. Through the support of the Dai Ho Chun Family Foundation, Bing will be at UH Mānoa through October 2 and various activities are planned during this time for the public to meet him and view his artwork.

An installation of his artwork will be shown in the Commons Gallery at UH Mānoa beginning Sunday, September 29. An opening reception is planned for September 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be available for viewing until Friday, October 11. Hours are Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m.

Bing will also give a free public lecture on Tuesday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Auditorium on the UH Mānoa campus.

Bing was born in Chongqing, China in 1955 and grew up in Beijing. He received his master‘s degree in fine arts from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, and moved to the United States in 1990, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been featured around the world, including at the 45th Venice Biennial; MOMA, New York; Museum Ludwig, Koln; The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; V&A, London; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Sydney Biennial; Kwangju Biennial, Korea; Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA); National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the International Communications Center in Tokyo.

He has had solo exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; National Gallery of Prague; National Gallery of Beijing; the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His solo exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, a major national gallery that houses an extensive collection of historical Asian art, was the first major one-person exhibition by a living artist to be featured at the gallery.

In 1999, Bing was awarded the MacArthur Award by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in recognition of his "originality, creativity, self-direction, and capacity to contribute importantly to society, particularly in printmaking and calligraphy." He has previously been a visiting artist at the Paris Advanced Academy of Art, Canberra Art Institute in Australia, and the Art Pace Foundation in Texas, and was invited to be an honorary fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

For more information about Xu Bing and his work, visit his Web site at