Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forestby Melissa Chiu
Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest is the first U.S. museum presentation of the now seminal five-part video work by Shanghai-based artist Yang Fudong. In conjunction with the Yang Fudong exhibition, the exhibition Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove explores the theme of this third-century group of Chinese learned men—referenced in the title of Yang’s video—with an installation of traditional works. In the catalogue, as well as in the galleries, the traditional exhibition provides a deeper understanding and some cultural context for the contemporary work. The catalogue explores Yang Fudong’s intent through a discussion of his work in an essay by Miwako Tezuka, Associate Curator, Asia Society. An interview with the artist conducted by Melissa Chiu, Museum Director and Vice President, Global Visual Art Programs, Asia Society, provides additional insights to his methods. The book expands the conceptual dialogue of the two exhibitions through texts on the subject of the traditional theme of the Seven Sages by Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Curator for Traditional Asian Art, Asia Society, and Daisy Yiyou Wang, Asia Society Museum Getty Fellow. A comprehensive plate section includes numerous stills from each of the five sections of the Yang’s film. Authors: Melissa Chiu & Miwako Tezuka (Asia Society, 2009, HC, 84pp, apprx 9 x 7 in.)
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About the Author
Dr. Melissa Chiu was previously Director of the Asia Society Museum and Senior Vice President for its Global Arts and Cultural Programs. She is a leading authority on Asian contemporary art. Dr. Chiu has curated nearly thirty exhibitions of international art including projects with Shirin Neshat, Cai Guo-Qiang, Zhang Huan and Yoshitomo Nara. Her scholarly contributions include editor, Asian contemporary art and Asian American art chapters for Oxford Art Online, and is the author and editor of several books, monographs, and anthologies, such as “Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China” (Charta); the first-ever introductory books on the topic of Asian contemporary art, Asian Art Now” ( Monacelli Press),“Contemporary Asian Art” (Thames and Hudson) and an anthology of collected writings “Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader” (MIT Press).