Vegetable Fields

Artist: Xu Bing (Chinese, b. 1955. Immigrated to US in 1990)
Title: Vegetable Fields
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Date: 1983
Medium: Woodcut
Size: 28" x 36"
Location: Fourth floor
Provenance: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. Purchased with Dormitory Authority of New York Art Acquisition Funds. © Xu Bing

The Brooklyn College Library Collection. Purchased with Dormitory Authority of New York Art Acquisition Funds. © Xu Bing

The Chinese Communist Movement promoted the traditional art of printmaking, especially the woodcut, as a valuable form of communication that could be cheaply produced, easily distributed, and broadly appealing. In 1974, as part of Mao Zedong's "rustification" program, Bing was sent to work in a small farming community. His experience there is reflected in this woodcut, one of his earliest pieces as a printmaker. The work was considered radical at the time because it depicts a personal view of the countryside without any overt political content.

Related Websites
- Xu Bing's Website
- CNN Article about Chinese Art
- "Artist Xu Bing: Creating English Words from Chinese Pictograms" from The Times
- MoMA's What Is a Print? (click "Woodcut")

Suggested Readings
- Ching, Dora C.Y. and Jerome Silbergeld. Persistence-Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing, 2005.
Call Number: N7349 .X8 P47 2005
- Erickson, Britta. The Art of Xu Bing: Words without Meaning, Meaning without Words, 2001.
Call Number: N7349 .X8 A4 2001