Artist Talk: Xu Bing (Phoenix)
|When||26 Apr 2013 - 27 Apr 2013|
87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247
|Cost||Free to Williams Students, Faculty and Staff and MASS MoCA Members $8 general admission to lecture and reception Member tickets are not available via the internet.|
Courtesy of the artist and MASS MoCA, MA
Opens December 26 2012Artist Talk: Friday, April 26, 5pm Opening Reception: Saturday, April 27, 5pm
Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China.
This is the premier appearance of the sculpture outside China (the works were exhibited briefly outdoors at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, and then at Expo10 in Shanghai). At MASS MoCA, the internally illuminated 12-ton birds are suspended mid-air inside the museum’s football field-sized Building 5; dwarfing visitors, the male Phoenix Fengmeasures 90 feet long, while the female Huang reaches 100 feet in length, beak to (steel) tail feathers.
Phoenix is the centerpiece of an exhibition of related art by Xu Bing, widely considered to be among the most important Chinese artists working today.
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