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Using traditional painting techniques with mineral pigments on mulberry paper, Chinese-born Yun-Fei Ji reinvents the system of symbolic structures found in classical Chinese painting to expose the dark side of industrial development on contemporary life.  Ji states, “I use landscape painting to explore the utopian dreams of Chinese history, from past collectivization to new consumerism.”

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Museum Exhibition
Yun-Fei Ji at Prospect New Orleans
“Prospect.3: Notes for Now”
October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Across New Orleans, Louisiana
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Museum Exhibition
Yun-Fei Ji at Krannert Art Museum
Solo Exhibition
Aug 30 - Jan 15, 2014
Champaign, Illinois
image Yun-Fei Ji at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Museum Exhibition
Yun-Fei Ji at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Solo Exhibition
Jun 3 - Jul 15, 2012
Beijing, China
ArtworksThumbnails
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YUN-FEI JI In the Month of June, 2013 Ink and watercolor on Xian paper on silk 11 5/16 x 44 inches
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YUN-FEI JI Ghost Market, 2012 Watercolor on Xuan paper 72 x 51 11/16 inches
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YUN-FEI JI Ghost Market, 2012 Watercolor on Xuan paper 72 x 51 11/16 inches
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YUN-FEI JI Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts, 2007 Watercolor and ink on Xian paper 14 1/2 X 27 1/2 inches JCG4231
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YUN-FEI JI Four People Leaving Badong, 2009 Watercolor and ink on Xuan paper mounted on silk 22 1/16 X 66 2/8 inches
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YUN-FEI JI The Garden Party, 2009 Watercolor and ink on Xuan paper mounted on silk 19 7/8 X 69 1/2 inches
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YUN-FEI JI Relocation, 2008 Watercolor and ink on Xian paper 13 1/2 X 39 1/2 inches JCG4225
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YUN-FEI JI Blind Stream, 2008 Watercolor and ink on Xian paper 13 1/2 X 40 1/4 inches JCG4226
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YUN-FEI JI Columbus Park, New York, 2008 Watercolor and ink on Xian paper 13 3/4 X 35 1/2 inches JCG4227
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YUN-FEI JI Man-eating Animals, 2009 Watercolor and ink on Xian paper 13 1/2 X 25 3/8 inches JCG4224
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YUN-FEI JI Nine Women, 2006 mineral pigments and ink on mulberry paper 24 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches
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YUN-FEI JI The Dead Can Still Dance, 2006 Mineral pigments and ink on mulberry paper 36 1/2 X 38 inches
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YUN-FEI JI Last Days Before The Flood, 2006 Mineral pigments and ink on mulberry paper 75 1/2 X 70 inches
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YUN-FEI JI Below the 143 Meter Watermark, 2006 Mineral pigments and ink on mulberry paper 118 1/2 X 56 1/8 inches
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YUN-FEI JI Card Players, 2004 Etching 15 X 19 inches Edition of 45
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YUN-FEI JI Public Grain, 2004 Etching 36 1/4 X 28 1/2 inches
Artist BioBiography PDF
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Yun-Fei Ji was raised in China during the Cultural Revolution. Separated from his parents at the age of two, Ji grew up on a collective farm outside Hangzhou where, in the absence of TV and radio, he was kept entertained by his grandmother’s telling of ghost stories and folk tales.  At the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Ji studied traditional painting techniques with mineral pigments on mulberry paper in the style of Song Dynasty landscape painting.  After relocating to the United States in 1986 on a fellowship from Fulbright College at the University of Arkansas, Ji found his voice as an artist who reinvents the system of symbolic structures found in classical Chinese painting to expose the dark side of industrial development on contemporary life.  As Ji states, “I use landscape painting to explore the utopian dreams of Chinese history, from past collectivization to new consumerism.”

 

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Yun-Fei Ji was born in 1963 in Beijing, China.  He earned his BFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and his MFA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  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.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Yun-Fei Ji
Ghosts and Men from Badong 人鬼巴东—季云飞个展
July 03 - August 29, 2010
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Yun-Fei Ji
Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts
February 19 - March 27, 2010
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
The Tree
June 26 - August 30, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Mining Nature
掘淤自然
July 10 - August 30, 2008
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Yun-Fei Ji
Water That Floats the Boat Can Also Sink It
November 16 - December 22, 2006
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Club
(Chinese)Reality Hides in the Deep history, by Jin Hongyuan, Jan.-Feb. 2013
Articles / Reviews
Time Out Beijing
"Water Work: Yun-Fei Ji," by Clare Pennington
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
"Interview: Yun-Fei Ji" by Carnelia Garcia
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
"Part Traditionalist, Part Naturalist, Part Dissident," by Dorothy Spears
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
"Water Colored: Demons and Detritus in Yun-Fei Ji's Restive Landscapes," by Francine Prose
Articles / Reviews
Art Forum
"Yun-Fei Ji at James Cohan Gallery," by David Frankel
Articles / Reviews
The Brooklyn Rail
"Yun-Fei Ji with John Yau," by John Yau
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Yun-Fei Ji: Moral Vistas," by Robert Knafo
News
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Museum Exhibition
“Prospect.3: Notes for Now”
October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Across New Orleans, Louisiana
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Aug 30 - Jan 15, 2014
Champaign, Illinois
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News / Events
Nov 3 - Nov 16, 2012
Beijing, China
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Jun 27 – Sept 16, 2012
Sydney, Austrailia
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Jun 3 - Jul 15, 2012
Beijing, China
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Sept 15 - Dec 31, 2011
Lyon, France
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News / Events
Special Commission
Sept 2009 - Sept 2010
New York, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Apr 22, 2009 – Jan 4, 2010
New York, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Oct 3, 2008 - Jan 25, 2009
Chicago, Illinois
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Sept 7 - Dec 12, 2004
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
May 1 - Aug 1, 2004
Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Jan 23 - Mar 28, 2004
St. Louis, Missouri
Books
image Yun-Fei Ji: Water Work
Publication
Yun-Fei Ji: Water Work
image Yun-Fei Ji: Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts
Publication
Yun-Fei Ji: Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts
image Yun-Fei Ji: The Empty City
Publication
Yun-Fei Ji: The Empty City
image Yun-Fei Ji: The Old One Hundred Names
Publication
Yun-Fei Ji: The Old One Hundred Names
Editions
image YUN-FEI JI: On the High Branches
Edition
YUN-FEI JI: On the High Branches
Lithograph
image YUN-FEI JI: Card Players
Edition
YUN-FEI JI: Card Players
Etching
image YUN-FEI JI: Public Grain
Edition
YUN-FEI JI: Public Grain
Etching