Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two Chinese Artists at Prospect.3

Liu Ding is a conceptual artist still living in Beijing while Yun-Fei uses traditional painting techniques  and currently lives between Beijing and Brooklyn.
Liu Ding: "Born in 1976 in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, Liu Ding is a Beijing-based artist and curator whose work investigates the various mechanisms and rules of the art system. With curatorial work as a crux of his artistic practice, many of his projects engage the notion of an artwork and the audience in unique ways. Starting in 2008, his project the Liu Ding’s Store discusses and presents the various mechanisms that lend to the formation of value, both visible and invisible in the art system." ( The Collective Eye)
In July 2012, Liu Ding participated in the launch of the Tate Modern’s new experimental program, The Tanks and had his first solo exhibition in the United States at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. Liu has shown his works at art institutions including the Tate Modern (UK), Turner Museum (UK), Kunsthalle Wien (Austria), the Astrup Fearnley Modern Art Museum (Norway), the Sao Paulo National Museum of Art (Brazil), the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany), the RasquArt Center (Switzerland), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Italy), and the Seoul Municipal Museum of Art (Korea), among others. He’s a participating artist of the 8th Taipei Biennale in September 2012. In 2009 he was chosen to represent China at the 53rd Venice Biennale in a group exhibition titled See a World in Grain of Sand. His project, Little Movements: Self-Practices in Contemporary Art, as initiated and curated in collaboration with Carol Yinghua Lu, was exhibited at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal in Shenzhen in September 2011.

His works can be seen on the website of the Urs Meile's gallery.

Yun-Fei Ji born in 1963 in Beijing, China, was raised on a collective farm during the Cultural Revolution and grew up listening to the ghost stories and folk tales from his grandmother. He studied traditional painting techniques with mineral pigments on mulberry paper in the style of Song Dynasty landscape painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing where he obtained a BFA.
In 1986, he moved to the States on a Fulbright College fellowship and earned a MFA from the University of Arkansas.
Ji states, “I use landscape painting to explore the utopian dreams of Chinese history, from past collectivization to new consumerism.”

 In 2005, Ji was Artist-in-residence at Yale University where he conducted extensive research with the institution’s scholars.  He received the 2006 American Academy Prix de Rome Fellowship and Residency and was also later the 2007 Artist-in-residence at the Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art in London.  Ji’s work has been presented in solo museum exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Rose Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham; Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  In 2012, Ji’s work was the subject of a solo presentation at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China.
Ji’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and Europe including the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, the 2011 Lyon Biennale, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial.  In 2008, his work was featured in Displacement: the Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art, an exhibition of four Chinese artists which originated at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois and toured nationally. His work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Modern Painters, and Artforum, and in major public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn. Yun-Fei Ji currently lives and works between New York, NY and Beijing, China.   

Yun-Fei is represented by the James Cohan Gallery

link to a NYTimes article
interview with Yun-Fei

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