Xu Bing: Tobacco Project

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

January 29 through June 10, 2012

You've seen that massive tiger made of cigarettes. Well, the artist behind that "WOW" inducing work is Xu Bing. Over a 12 year period, he's studied tobacco culture, investigating warehouses and factories in Virginia and the impact of China's importation of tobacco product from the United States. Ultimately, this traveling exhibition manages to both amazing and inform… and, we'd be lying if we didn't admit an overwhelming desire to see on of the magnificent cigarette carpets in person.