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Ascending Vocabulary

by Diana Seo Hyung Lee
The third and newest, largest version of  Xu Bing's The Living Word installation is ever so appropriate at the Morgan Library and Museum's glass-enclosed Gilbert Court. The artist spent his childhood perusing books in university reading rooms where his mother was studying for her Library Science degree, and he is undoubtedly delighted for Pierpont Morgan's library to serve as a temporary residence for his work. Xu's relationship with books that began at a young age was not merely about content, but a physical one involving texture, density, binding, and printing. Inevitably as the reading room was... [more]
Posted by Diana Seo Hyung Lee on 8/14/11