In his stunning impressionistic works, Yun-Fei Ji takes on the thousand-year-old practice of Chinese scroll painting, employing ink on paper as his primary medium, and landscape as his central subject. Rather than adopting the idealism characteristic of traditional scroll painting, Ji presents the gritty reality of life in contemporary China. In this comprehensive monograph, Ji’s works bridge the gap between modernity and tradition. Essays explore themes of community, dislocation, and environmental degradation as well as Chinese folklore and its rapid decline in his native country’s culture.
TRACY ADLER is Director of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. ROBERT C. MORGAN is an art critic, historian, curator, poet, and painter. He is Professor Emeritus is Art History from the Rochester Institute of Technology. STEPHEN J. GOLDBERG is an Associate Professor of Art History at Hamilton College.