- ink on paper
ink on Nepalese paper, framed
signed in pinyin, dated 2002 and marked with one seal of the artist
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In the fall of 1999, together with several fellow artists, Xu Bing embarked on a trekking trip in Nepal and his drawings from the series 'Landcripts from the Himalayan Journal’ combined his love of nature and fascination with language, shown in innovative landscapes where he used hanzi, the pictorial structure of characters, to form the terrain. 1999 was also the year he won the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, a tall tree amongst his vast forest of accolades. His works have been shown in innumerable museums and institutions worldwide including Duke University; the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Cornell University; the National Arts Museum of China, Beijing; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Xu Bing has lived and worked in the United states since 1990 but returned to China in 2007 to teach at the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA).