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XU Bing

THE CAGE OF WORDS

Jonathan Goodman

XU BING, The Cage, 1998, installation, sheep, steel cage

For a man who doesn't trust words, the conceptual and installation artist Xu Bing makes good use of them - a contradiction he is well aware of. Indeed, in a written statement, he offers a clear summary of his contrary relationship to books: 'I have created many works to do with shu [books], but I am particularly wary of having to explain them. This is because I believe that if a work can be explained with…

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