TCG Nordica gallery curator Luo Fei’s new book “To Start from Art” has released by Shanghai Joint Publishing. This book uses examples from the past decade of contemporary art in Yunnan Province to demonstrate developments in Chinese art and ideas. An active young curator and artist, the author weaves together assessments of the artistic value of various works, descriptions of their social context, and artists’ personal stories to paint a portrait of a vibrant and fresh art scene. The book has been translated in its entirety into English, making it an important resource for Western readers seeking a deeper understanding of Chinese society and arts over the past ten years.
The book release event will be hold at 19:30 on Oct 10 at TCG Nordica Gallery. Related to the release event, TCG Nordica will arrange a discussion about how contemporary art has developed in Yunnan since 2000 when Chuangku and TCG Nordica were established in town. The whole event will be in Chinese and English.
Opportunity for book signing.
Time: 19:30, Oct 10th 2014
Venue: TCG Nordica, xibalu 101, Kunming
Guest host: Xue Tao
To Start from Art Essays and Interviews on Chinese Contemporary Art
Author: Luo Fei
Translated by Becky Davis(US), Jeff Crosby(US), R. Orion Martin(US), Xiao Diming(CN), Zhou Qiao(CN), Li Jianbo(CN), Xiong Wenjing(CN)
Publication Planning TCG Nordica Culture Center (www.tcgnordica.com)
Published by Shanghai Joint Publishing Co.Ltd
Executive Editor: Qian Zhenhua
Book Design: TCG Nordica Culture Center
Copyright: Authors (texts) and artists (pictures)
Price: 78RMB (oversea purchase please contact with firstname.lastname@example.org)
Luo Fei is a curator, art critic and artist born in 1982 in Chongqing who currently lives and works in Kunming. He graduated in 2004 from the Fine Arts College of Yunnan Arts University, where he majored in printmaking. Since 2002, he has been primarily engaged in the creation of performance art, video works, and other forms of conceptual art, exhibiting both within China and abroad. In 2005, he planned and initiated the art project “Jianghu,” which received much national attention. Luo Fei has been Gallery Director of TCG Nordica Cultural Center in Kunming since 2007, where he curates and organizes numerous international exhibitions and cross-cultural projects. He also contributes art reviews and artist interviews to various media platforms. Paying particular attention to the spiritual connotations of works, Luo Fei has dedicated himself to the description of what makes local Chinese contemporary art scenes unique within international greater art landscape, building bridges for dialogue and collaboration in the Chinese contemporary art field in an increasingly globalized world.
This book uses examples from the past decade of contemporary art in Yunnan Province to demonstrate developments in Chinese art and ideas. It is divided into five sections: “Landscape in Transition”, “Artist as Prophet”, “Past and Present”, “Local Experiments” and “Using Art to Build Bridges”. Topics for each section include, respectively, discussions of the possibility of landscape art in the contemporary era, the mission and identity of the artist, the impact of changing real life circumstances on artists, the local Yunnan art scene, and daily chronicles of two international exchange programs. An active young curator and artist, the author weaves together assessments of the artistic value of various works, descriptions of their social context, and artists’ personal stories to paint a portrait of a vibrant and fresh art scene. The book has been translated in its entirety into English, making it an important resource for Western readers seeking a deeper understanding of Chinese society and arts over the past ten years.
“In this bilingual book To Start from Art, Luo Fei grasps the Word, rebuilds artistic morals, and listens to his conscience about what moves art and artists, forging the stories of Chinese and international artists into his view of the artist’s prophetic role and his critical insight into artistic phenomena. The book records the contemporary art events of Yunnan over the past decade, and stands as a local art history with global vision, complete with documents, ideas, views and original accounts of many exhibitions and scenes of creation. If you only read one art micro-history this year, it should be To Start from Art.”
——Dr. Zha Changping
Critic, Biblical Scholar, Chief-editor of Journal for Humanities and Art, Chengdu
“Through his own work and his work with TCG Nordica, Luo Fei is an important bridge builder between artists, between art and society, opening up for reflection on art, faith and social concerns.”
Associate Professor of Chinese Studies; University of Gothenburg, Sweden
“The art scene already has so many people and galleries that know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. Luo Fei is one of those artists who opens up a space of what Hou Hanru would call a ‘third way’ — something different from the capitalist-dominated or state-dominated models.”
Former Program Director of TCG Nordica Gallery, Sweden
* Read more about the book and related articles: http://en.tcgnordica.com/2014/luo-feis-new-book-to-start-from-art/