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New York Times Notes Yun-Fei Ji's DePauw Exhibition in Profile of the Artist

New York Times Notes Yun-Fei Ji's DePauw Exhibition in Profile of the Artist

February 2, 2005

Empty City  East Wind.JPGFebruary 2, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - A New York Times profile of artist Yun-Fei Ji notes, "An exhibition of his recent works is touring nationally, and is now being installed at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind." That exhibition, "Yun-Fei Ji: The Empty City," opens today at the Peeler Center and continues through April 17. Read more about it by clicking here.

The Times' Benjamin Genocchio writes, "Yale University Art Gallery's latest artist in residence, the painter Yun-Fei Ji, is a cheerful traveler of Chinese history, determined to figure out his life story as the child of disastrous Communist Party experiments in central planning and collective living. Separated from his parents when he was 2, Mr. Ji was brought up by his grandmother on a collective farm outside Hangzhou, a city near Shanghai. 'We thought we were building a better society,' said Mr. Ji, 41, in his home-studio in Brooklyn, surrounded by sketches of collectivized pig farms, group latrines and communal eating halls."

The article continues, "Mr. Ji's signature painting style is based on traditional Chinese landscape painting, yet with modern, socially oriented subject matter. 'I Bon_Voyage.JPGuse landscape painting to explore the utopian dreams of Chinese history, from past collectivization to new consumerism,' he said."

The article can be purchased at the Times Web site by clicking here.

For more information on "Yun-Fei Ji: The Empty City," call the Peeler Center's gallery information line at (765) 658-4882 or click here.