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CHEN FEI. Distanz Verlag, Berlin, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, through Prestel Publishing, New York. 118 pp. with 45 col. ills. ISBN 9783954761074 In English.
Due date: Forthcoming. Publisher's description: The work of Chen Fei (b. Shanxi, China, 1983; lives and works in Beijing) is part of a new trend in contemporary Chinese art that represents a clear thematic as well as aesthetic departure from the avant-garde art of the 1980s and 1990s. His pictures evince the unconscious influence of the many movies he has seen since he was a child masterworks and cult classics as well as B movies. He actually enrolled at the Beijing Film Academy; a series of paintings shows 202 villains, with their characteristic costumes and accessories, from 197 movies ranging from Clockwork Orange to Ichi the Killer, from The Shining to Kill Bill, from Hard Candy to Bride of Chucky. The same morbid sense of humor is evident in Chen's more recent paintings. His brush transmutes scenes of human anatomy or death into harmless jokes. What truly impresses him, Chen Fei says, are the rogues, not the upstanding citizens, and the same goes for painting: beauty and good health leave him bored.
Artist(s):Chen Fei
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 74
Worldwide Number: 173621
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