This rarely seen 2005 print was created by Chinese born New York artist Yun-Fei Ji 季云飞 in a very limited edition of only 25, for the little publicized gem "Earth School Portfolio" - a linen covered portfolio box, which held a print by each of these 10 artists: Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Tony Fitzpatrick, Yun-Fei Ji, David Sandlin, Amy Sillman, Kiki Smith, Fred Tomaselli, Carnie Waldman and Sally Webster. These artists all donated their work to support the Earth School, an alternative public school in the East Village of New York City. We acquired the complete portfolio with all of the works. This YUN-FEI JI 季云飞 print has excellent provenance, as it was part of the original portfolio, acquired from the Collection of Ashton Hawkins - former Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is in original condition, never framed - and this is the first time that it will be removed from the original portfolio box housing all of the works in the Earth School collection. Pencil signed and numbered.
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Signature: Signed and numbered in graphite on the recto (front) 19 from the limited edition of only 25
Publisher: Paddock House Press
Acquired from the Earth School Portfolio, held in the original linen slipcase with prints by nine other artists, from the Estate of Ashton Hawkins, former Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.
About Yun-Fei Ji 季云飞
In his ink and watercolor paintings, Yun-Fei Ji explores and critiques China’s history, its contemporary society, and the ramifications of its government corruption. “I use landscape painting to explore the utopian dreams of Chinese history, from past collectivization to new consumerism,” explains Ji, who was trained in Song Dynasty (960–1279) landscape painting. Ji grew up on a collective farm during the Cultural Revolution, separated from his parents and listening to his grandmother’s ghost stories and folk tales. These experiences, as well as his observation of China’s current rampant industrialization, feed into his compositions. He works primarily in large scale, first making hundreds of individual drawings, which he then pins to his studio walls, allowing them to coalesce in his mind. Ghosts frequently appear in Ji’s works, serving as stand-ins for the human beings affected by the range of problems he addresses.
Chinese, b. 1963, based in Beijing & New York