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Yun Fei Ji (Chinese, b.1963)
LOT ID: 66872
Mishaps II, 2001

Ink Wash / Sumi-e, Mixed Media, and mineral pigment-based paint on handmade mulberry paper
13.5 х 54 in. (34.29 x 137.16 cm.)
Signed, other, and dated '2001' in pencil on front, lower right.
Print/Casting Year 2001
Lot description
"Mishaps II" (2001) is one of the most important original work on paper by internationally renowned Chinese Contemporary artist Yun-Fei Ji ever to come to auction. Dimensions listed are as unframed. This work is custom framed and in perfect condition. This work has just come to the market in 2011, as it has been in a single, Private US Collection since 2002. The artist is represented by James Cohan Gallery in the US and China who valued this work at a retail of $35,000 USD retail this Fall 2011 (unframed). Yun Fei-Ji is the recipient of the illustrious Rome Prize in 2006. His prints and original works on paper are in elite Museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art MOMA, New York (US); The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (US); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (US): The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (US).

This is an exciting example of Yun-Fei's rare and highly sought-after traditional Chinese paintings on scrolls of handmade paper that feature unique, fantastical compositions and characters used to address specific topics in the recent history of Communist China. "Mishaps II" depicts a quiet gathering of highly imaginative creatures that are hauntingly beautiful examples of Yun Fei Ji 's ability to create incredibly surreal compositions with a traditional and delicate hand. Yun-Fei lends an atmosphere of tranquility to this bizarre scene by painting in traditional Chinese mineral pigment paints in tones of muted browns, blues and pinks and Chinese inks. This gathering is isolated and placed slightly off-center of a long scroll of hand-made mulberry paper, measuring 13 x 54 inches unframed (the work measures slightly larger as custom framed). The vast negative space of the composition is intentionally used to underscore the displacement of this collective group.

Yun-Fei Ji uses these odd creatures, no two alike, in a spot-lit visually sumptuous scene, to explore his ongoing interest in the era of the Cultural Revolution and to address the failure of the Communist utopia in China. These otherworldly creatures are a primary visual element in the oeuvre of Yun Fei. Here, they occupy a meditative place where the past and present, reality and fantasy are indistinguishable.

Yun Fei Ji (B. 1963) is a contemporary Chinese artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Though contemporary in subject matter, Yun Fei Ji distinguishes himself by his traditional style and his seemingly innocent approach to critical issues developing in modern China. Having witnessed the Cultural Revolution first hand, he investigates the shattered lives of the Chinese people and critically responds unapologetic ally to the acts of the Communist party. He has exhibited at such prestigious Museums as The Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), The Smart Museum of Art (Chicago, IL) and The American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY). His most recent solo-exhibition was 2010: James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai. July 3 - August 29, 2010: "Yun-Fei Ji: Ghosts and Men from Badong, "人鬼巴东—季云飞个展". Yun-Fei Ji is among the elite group of artists whose work is included in the current 2011 Lyon Biennial, France.The artist lives and works in NY, USA.
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