The Allure of Coloring: Xu Bing
The Allure of Coloring is a way to experience The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China from the comfort of your living room.
This week’s coloring page features a work by Xu Bing, whose ambitious Tobacco Project (2000–2011) explores the history and production of the cigarette, global trade, and marketing.
The coloring sheet was drawn by artist and museum educator Erik L. Peterson. “Xu Bing’s 1st Class is perhaps the most strange and perceptually magical artwork in the in The Allure of Matter exhibition,” says Erik. “This gigantic piece is some 40 feet long and 15 feet across. It appears to be a kind of tiger skin rug, but upon closer inspection you’ll notice that it is made entirely from cigarettes. Could this be the pelt of a goliath that would have walked alongside dinosaurs? Or is it a mythical beast, that roams our dreams and creeps through our nightmares?”
If you post your creations to social media, be sure to include the hashtag #theallureofcoloring so we can find your work and share it with the world!