Filmed for the occasion of "Armory Focus: China" at The Armory Show 2014 in New York City, curator Philip Tinari reflects on the work of Chinese artist Cao Fei. Tinari, director of The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing and curator of Armory Focus: China, acknowledges the artist as among the first figures of China's "On/Off Generation," and discusses how Cao is "an example of how one can be a Chinese artist working in a global context."
Cao Fei was first featured by Art21 in Season 5 (2009) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series, and has since appeared in episodes of Art21's "Exclusive" series.
Learn more about the artist and watch additional videos at:www.art21.org/artists/cao-fei
Philip Tinari began a partnership with Art21 in 2009, interviewing artist Cao Fei in Beijing for Season 5 (2009) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series. Tinari would again partner with Art21 to interview artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing for Season 6 (2012) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series.
"Armory Focus" is a specially curated section of The Armory Show that highlights the artistic landscape of a chosen geographic region. For The Armory Show 2014, Philip Tinari curated "Armory Focus: China", shining new light on the country's contemporary cultural practice.
CREDITS | Producer: Eve Moros Ortega. Interview: Eve Moros Ortega. Camera: Rafael Salazar. Sound: Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Cao Fei. Thanks: Philip Tinari, The Armory Show, Christopher Mao, John Tancock, and Lombard Freid Gallery. Theme Music: Peter Foley. Original Cao Fei segment excerpted from Season 5 (2009) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series. © Art21, Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.