January 24th – 26th | noon – 7:00 p.m. January 27th | noon – 6:00 p.m.
From January 23th to 27th, 2014, the Contemporary Art Projects USA directed by Miami-based art marketing consultant Tata Fernandez will be individually showcasing the work of Chinese conceptual photographer Fu Wenjun at Art Palm Beach following a solo exhibition at MIA. ArtPalmBeach, 17th Anniversary is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts. Over 80 international galleries will be exhibiting contemporary and emerging artists.
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As a conceptual photographer -whose works have been exhibited at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing – Wenjun, 58, developed his passion for a new medium in a smooth fashion coming from years studying oil painting and then moving on to photography.
In 1987, he obtained an arts degree from the Sinchuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, which is China’s oldest art academy of higher learning; but it was at the turn of the new millennium that Wenjun dedicated himself solely to conceptual photography.
“The transition from photography to conceptual photography did not occur by chance,” Wenjun said, “It came from an intellectual transition, a slow process which goes along my cognition deepening process.”
Two months ago in Paris, during the “19th World Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition” at the Carrousel du Louvre, his pieces belonging to the series “Illusory Metamorphoses” were highly praised by critics and featured in a variety of news outlets that included the European Times, The People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, and the Chinese Channel of Phoenix Television.
“The main theme of the exhibition was Heritage and Territory and I am very pleased to know that through my works visitors recognized the importance of the international aspect of contemporary culture which transcends those themes,” Wenjun added.
At the Contemporary Art Projects USA booth at Art Palm Beach, Wenjun will exhibit eight photographs depicting the famous Dazu Rock Carvings combined with models of the X-ray human skeleton printed in Rongchang grass cloth.
Exploring faith and religion, life and death, Wenjun presents the dichotomies of existence and illusion using the almost-extinct grass cloth as an artistic experiment on the contemporary transformation of an intangible culture.
The two curators selected for this show are Zang Chaonan and Luis Valenzuela. Fu Wenjun will be present at the fair from China for this unique exhibition.
Live coverage of his exhibition on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 4PM by Arte Mundo Latino.
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401